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Prayers for Bobby (2009)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  24 January 2009 (USA)
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True story of Mary Griffith, gay rights crusader, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons.

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In "Prayers for Bobby," Mary Griffith is a devout Christian who raises her children with the conservative teachings of the Presbyterian Church. However, when her son Bobby confides to his older brother he may be gay, life changes for the entire family after Mary learns about his secret. While Bobby's father and siblings slowly come to terms with his homosexuality, Mary believes God can cure him of what she considers his 'sin' and persuades Bobby to pray harder and seek solace in church activities in hopes of changing him. Desperate for his mother's approval, Bobby does what is asked of him, but through it all, the church's apparent disapproval of homosexuality causes him to grow increasingly withdrawn and depressed. Guilty over the pain he is causing Mary, Bobby moves away, yet hopes that some day his mother will accept him. His subsequent depression and self-loathing intensifies as he blames himself for not being the 'perfect' son and is driven to suicide. Faced with their tragedy, ... Written by Louie Neira

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She loves everything about her son... except who he is.

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The real Mary Griffth appears on the left in the gay parade wearing a blue PFLAG shirt, next to the boy which Sigourney Weaver hugs. See more »

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The red convertible driven by Bobby's boyfriend as they drove up to his parents' home is a 1986 Alfa-Romeo Spider even though the story took place in the early 1980s. See more »

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Mary Griffith: I know now why God didn't heal Bobby. He didn't heal him because there was nothing wrong with him.
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Will it reach them?
28 January 2009 | by (deep in the heart of Texas) – See all my reviews

It would be so wonderful if the people that this piece is about actually watched it and understood what kind of hell they're putting their kids in for no particularly good reason.

It should be required viewing in every Baptist church on the planet. And there are a few other evangelical organizations with strange ideas about human beings who might learn something.

I will be surprised if Sigourney Weaver doesn't get at least an Emmy nomination, particularly given the speech she gives to the city council, both well written and well delivered.

Ryan Kelly also delivers a believable performance as Bobby, regardless of some of the cutting required to get the film into a two hour programming window.


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