A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
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Bobby Long (John Travolta) is a washed up former literature professor with a voracious drinking habit. He lives in a rundown house in New Orleans with Lawson Pines (Gabriel Macht of The Recruit), his former star pupil, also an alcoholic. Lawson is allegedly writing a novel about Bobby. Their depressive little corner of the world is disrupted when Lorraine, the beloved eccentric singer who owns their house, dies. Her teenage daughter, Pursy (Scarlett Johansson), who hasn't seen her mother in
Dec 29, 2004 Wide
Feb 22, 2005
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Traffics in nearly every trite cliche of the 'colorful' South one can think of.
First-time director Shainee Gabel generally does a good job of moving things along, though the story feels disjointed at times.
The movie can't save itself from stewing in some awfully familiar juices.
A Love Song for Bobby Long's trio of lead performances are surprisingly believable.
Mais um daqueles independentes norte-americanos cuja presunção de soar profundo logo revela sua verdadeira intenção: emocionar através do melodrama.
Tries the patience of sober viewers, who are likely to envy the onscreen eccentrics their ever-present plastic cups of Abita...
We should take it no more seriously than we would Bobby Long himself. Like the old professor, it talks such amusing nonsense.
The film shares many qualities with its rambling and at times honestly endearing characters: it's sloppy, decent-hearted and most often embarrassing.
It's little more than a collection of cliches about the Deep South, alcoholism and the literary arts.
Things move at a snail's pace in the humid bayou atmosphere writer-director Shainee Gabel creates, allowing Travolta to chew several yards of Cajun-spiced scenery.
This, incidentally, is one of the rare movies about authors in which the character's writing actually seems good enough to be publishable.
John is a fine actor, he's not quite a match for this part, nor does his southern accent ring true. Perhaps Billy Bob Thornton would have made a better cast.
The cast appears to have mistaken a verbose screenplay for great writing.
An above-average independent movie that gives us an interesting version of a popular indie theme: difficult parents and the fallout for their neglected children.
Audience Reviews for A Love Song for Bobby Long
- Pursy Will: Every idiot knows that books are better than life. That's why they're books!
- Pursy Will: Lawson, Bobby's tryin' to get to tell me where the vodka is again.
- Lawson Pines: Pursy, it is Christmas.
- Pursy Will: Oh, whatever, it's under the back stairs.
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