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Prayers for Bobby

  • Drama
  • 2009
  • Russell Mulcahy
  • 120 mins
  • PG

Summary

A staunchly religious mother refuses to accept her son's homosexuality and believes it is something that can be cured. Her attitude ultimately drives him to suicide and she is forced to reassess her views - but also finds solace in an unlikely place. Fact-based drama, starring Sigourney Weaver, Ryan Kelley and Henry Czerny.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

A dowdy-looking Sigourney Weaver brings class to this tragic true-story drama, playing a 1970s suburban mother who's struggling to reconcile her young son's homosexuality with her devout religious beliefs. But while she and troubled screen offspring Ryan Kelley (Mean Creek) both give strong performances, they're continually undermined by director Russell Mulcahy's irritating visual style. Incorporating a mess of unnecessary camera techniques and odd angles more suited to his music video past, Mulcahy foolishly detracts from the tale's emotional core, which dilutes its impact in the process. With heavy-handed symbolism adding further clutter, it's not until the heart-rending final act and Weaver's impassioned pleas that the film's events really hit home in the way they deserve.

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Credits

Cast

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Mary GriffithSigourney Weaver
Robert GriffithHenry Czerny
Bobby GriffithRyan Kelley
Reverend WhitsellDan Butler
Ed GriffithAustin Nichols
Joy GriffithCarly Schroeder
Nancy GriffithShannon Eagen
DavidScott Bailey
JeanetteRebecca Louise Miller
MichelleAnna Badalamenti

Crew

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DirectorRussell Mulcahy

Details

Language
English
Guidance
Violence, edited.
Formats
Colour
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