Monday, February 12, 2007

movie review monday: a love song for bobby long

A Love Song for Bobby Long

Bobby Long (John Travolta) is a washed up former literature professor with a voracious drinking habit. He lives in a rundown house in New Orleans with Lawson Pines (Gabriel Macht of The Recruit), his former star pupil, also an alcoholic. Lawson is allegedly writing a novel about Bobby. Their depressive little corner of the world is disrupted when Lorraine, the beloved eccentric singer who owns their house, dies. Her teenage daughter, Pursy (Scarlett Johansson), who hasn't seen her mother in years, arrives in town too late for the funeral, and crashes at the house. Afraid of being thrown out on the street, Bobby convinces Lawson to tell Pursy that the house has been left to all three of them. Pursy, having little else to do, decides to move in, and starts cleaning up the place, making it her own. Lawson is involved with Georgianna (Deborah Kara Unger), who works at the local bar, but he quickly develops a crush on the comely Pursy. The cantankerous Bobby seems determined to drive the girl away. As Pursy settles into the diverse little community, all of Lorraine's old friends tell her how much she looks like her mother, and she begins to uncover some startling truths about her family history. A Love Song for Bobby Long is based on the novel Off Magazine Street, by Ronald Everett Capps. It was adapted for the screen and directed by Shainee Gabel, who co-directed the documentary Anthem. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide

Running Time: 1 hour 59 minutes

Most of K's favorite movies have to do with kung-fu fighting, but the ones that aren't badly dubbed are pretty good. I have to say, I've been impressed with his taste. This was another of his suggestions and we watched it over the weekend.

I had never heard of it. It was difficult to believe John Travolta as an old-ish man most of the movie, but other than that I liked it. Pursy lost all connection to her family history at a young age and made up memories of events and memories others might have had of her as a young girl. I've seen a few movies and read a few books with this kind of theme, someone rediscovering or just plain discovering their roots, and this was a pretty cool way for it to all happen.

Plus the girl's name was really Pursaline Hominy Will. That is quite the name, and she got it because her mom said she was her golden child and named her after a golden flowered weed and corn. I love it when people have stories behind their names, even if the names border on bizarre.

Rating: 2 of 4 stars, reccommended to anyone who wants to see a coming of age story featuring John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson. Good movie for a rainy afternoon

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