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.
R (for pervasive language and strong sexuality)
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John Travolta
as Bobby Long
Scarlett Johansson
as Pursy Will
Gabriel Macht
as Lawson Pines
Deborah Kara Unger
as Georgianna
Dane Rhodes
as Cecil
Dave Jensen
as Junior
Earl Maddox
as Man No. 2
Carol Sutton
as Ruthie
Steven Maye
as Man #3
Don Brady
as Old Man
William H. Barnett
as Old Man #2
Patrick McCullough
as Streetcar Boy
Leanne Cochran
as Streetcar Girl
Nick Loren
as Merchant
Steven Maye
as Man #3
David Jensen
as Junior
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Critic Reviews for A Love Song for Bobby Long

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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | September 25, 2005
AV Club
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Traffics in nearly every trite cliche of the 'colorful' South one can think of.

Full Review… | January 28, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Sentimental but occasionally moving drama.

January 28, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Engaging and transparent at once.

Full Review… | January 28, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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A Love Song for Bobby Long travels all the worn-out roads.

Full Review… | January 28, 2005
Miami Herald
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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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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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