A Love Song for Bobby Long


A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)


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Upon hearing of her mother's death, jaded teenage loner Purslane Hominy Will returns to New Orleans for the first time in years, ready to reclaim her childhood home. Expecting to find her late mother's house abandoned, Pursy is shocked to discover that it is inhabited by two of her mother's friends: Bobby Long, a former literature professor, and his young protege, Lawson Pines. These broken men, whose lives took a wrong turn years before, have been firmly rooted in the dilapidated house for years, encouraged only by Lawson's faltering ambitions to write a novel about Bobby Long's life. Having no intention of leaving, Pursy, Bobby Long and Lawson are all forced to live together. Yet as time passes, their tenuous, makeshift arrangement unearths a series of buried personal secrets that challenges their bonds and reveals just how inextricably their lives are intertwined.


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Critic Reviews for A Love Song for Bobby Long

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Traffics in nearly every trite cliche of the 'colorful' South one can think of.

Jan 28, 2005 | Full Review…

Sentimental but occasionally moving drama.

Jan 28, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

Engaging and transparent at once.

Jan 28, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A Love Song for Bobby Long travels all the worn-out roads.

Jan 28, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

First-time director Shainee Gabel generally does a good job of moving things along, though the story feels disjointed at times.

Jan 28, 2005 | Rating: 2/4

The movie can't save itself from stewing in some awfully familiar juices.

Jan 28, 2005 | Rating: C+

Audience Reviews for A Love Song for Bobby Long


"It has its moments." Exactly my opinion about the movie. When I came to leave my rating, I saw it already being rated as "NOT INTERESTED". Time!!! But having seen it now, it's neither awfully boring (give or take a few moments) nor the least interesting.All the same, relatively better than a few I recently sat through. Check it out if you're running out of options.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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One of John Travolta's best performances ever. He's smart, funny, brilliant, incredible and unforgettable. An Oscar caliber performance. He has never delivered a better performance than he has here. Scarlett Johansson is sensational. Gabriel Macht is terrific. The entire cast works with such energy and dedication. An outstanding movie. Riveting, enjoyable, proficient and wonderfully entertaining. This is such an marvelous film. A beautiful piece of film that never misses a note. A masterpiece plain and simple. Simply magnificent and unforgettable. It's moving, intelligent and well-crafted.

Al S
Al S

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Brilliant. John Travolta is so utterly lovable in this. The whole plot of the movie is fantastic and all of the actors perform amazingly. One of my favorites, for sure.

Rachel F
Rachel F

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Dissapointing and it wasn't good that I was tired that night as well.

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

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