A Love Song for Bobby Long Reviews
A young woman, Pursy (played by Scarlett Johansson), learns that her estranged mother has died in New Orleans. She returns to her mother's house to discover that it is inhabited by two men, one an aging alcoholic, Bobby Long (John Travolta).
Has potential as a story of reconciliation and unexpected friendships but doesn't ever really spark to life. The characters aren't that engaging. Bobby Long is initially quite repulsive and though he gets easier to like the further you get into the movie, I just never found him likable. Pursy is probably the most engaging but even she doesn't really have a direction, so you don't know how to support her.
Plot seems to drag in the middle too, making the movie dull at times. End pulls everything together well and is a reward for getting through the movie. Quite emotional conclusion.
Good work from Scarlett Johansson, then only 19 or so, in the lead role. John Travolta is okay as Bobby Long, but I can't help but feel he doesn't quite get the curmudgeonliness and Southern folksiness right. Someone like Billy Bob Thornton or Tommy Lee Jones would have been better in the role.
This is a great deep cut for Carolla. Bald may have skipped this winner.