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Dipping a spoon in a jar of peanut butter and coating it in M&Ms while watching gory medical shows on television is, for Pursy (Scarlett Johansson), an afternoon well-spent. But, when her mother's death forces her to get off the couch and leave her trailer park and grimy boyfriend behind, she finds some new friends who have her bested in the sloth department. Arriving at her late mother's home in New Orleans, she meets Bobby Long (John Travolta) and his sidekick Lawson (Gabriel Macht), two sweaty alcoholics who are squatting in the dilapidated dwelling. Bobby Long not only lies to Pursy about the fact that she legally owns the house--taking advantage of her innocence--he also behaves like an angry and aggressive dirty old man. It is Lawson who sees Pursy for who she is--a directionless 18-year-old girl who desperately needs guidance and positive role models. His fatherly support sparks an instant crush between the two, which only fuels Bobby's drinking and deviance. However, with time and patience the th...
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review by . September 27, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
John Travolta plays Bobby Long, a one time college English professor from Alabama whose uninhibited ways cost him his family and former life. He is now a literature spouting drunk, living in the house of Lorraine Wills, a singer-songwriter, who died young from drink and a hard life. Living with him is Lawson Pine, Bobby's former teaching assistant, who one day intends to write the great American novel about his mentor, none other than Bobby Long. One day the book will get written, if Lawson can …
review by . July 23, 2006
Pros: Great performances by all three principles, but especially by Johansson and Travolta.     Cons: Some of the turn and twists were wholly predictable.     The Bottom Line: Even given its long running time, A Love Song for Bobby Long is an entertaining and engaging film that highlights great performances by all three principles.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Another Saturday night and I …
review by . March 29, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: interesting view     Cons: ...     The Bottom Line: “She_hears_him_say "Hey, can I buy you a drink?"   And_sees_the_pale_white circle where he wears his ring   She_knows_he's_dealin' her a dangerous hand   The_consequences of a one night stand   Grayson Capps            John Travolta as a fat, dirty, sloppy, drunken bum? Be still my heart!      The Song   …
review by . April 20, 2005
For those who have read Ronald Everett Capps' novel 'Off Magazine Street' and savor the slow, lugubrious, decadent pattern of life in the poor section of New Orleans, then Screenwriter/Director Shainee Gabel's transformation of those ideas into A LOVE SONG FOR BOBBY LONG will certainly satisfy. Though Gabel has manipulated characters names and identification to fit her sensitive interpretation of Capps' story into a visual manifestation, the changes are sound and serve to make this remarkably fine …
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