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Bringing Up Bobby (2011)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 2011 (UK)
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A con artist moves her son to a conservative neighborhood in Oklahoma in an effort to build a better future, but it doesn't take long for her past to catch up with her, and for her son's behavior to cause problems of its own.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Kruzinga ...
Car Salesman
Dalton Olive ...
Robin Brooks ...
Milton Killen ...
Parking Lot Guy
John Lewis III
Dan Corley ...
Tommy Lee Jones
Deedra Jordan-Evans ...
Doctor (as Deedra Jordon)
Molly Reilly ...
Sanford Kelly ...
Kent's Driver Gerry
Jane Hall ...
Secretary Carol


Bringing Up Bobby is the story of a European con-artist and her son Bobby, who find themselves in Oklahoma in an effort to escape her past and build a better future. Olive and Bobby blithely charm their way from one adventure to another until Olive's criminal past catches up with her. Consequently, she must make a choice: continue with a life of crime or leave the person she loves most in an effort to give Bobby a proper chance in life. Written by FJ

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Meet Olive: mother, breadwinner, felon



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some drug material | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ein fast perfektes Verbrechen  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,005 (USA) (28 September 2012)


$4,975 (USA) (16 November 2012)

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Milla Jovovich and Bill Pullman both starred in Cymbeline. See more »


While Detective Winters is scolding Walt on the street corner, the side shot has her mouth out of sync with what she is saying. See more »


[first lines]
Bobby: I like it mom, it's cool.
Olive: Yes?
Bobby: It looks like a space ship!
Olive: Definitely. So, are you married, Mr. Uh, I'm sorry, I forgot your name.
Car Salesman: [in back seat] Kessler, Aaron Kessler.
Olive: Oof, Bond. James Bond. Didn't he sound just like it?
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References Bringing Up Baby (1938) See more »


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Performed by Maya Kristalinskaya
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Sometimes uneven, but mostly interesting and enjoyable.
4 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in Italy at the Busto Arsizio festival in March. For a first-time director of a small-budget film (made in 11 days in 100+ degree heat), I thought it was excellent. It is a quirky, dark comedy with a world seen through the eyes of a foreigner who has images of the U.S. shaped by vintage American films and T.V.

This is not your typical Milla Jovovich/Marcia Cross product, so if you are thinking "Resident Evil" or "Desperate Housewives," you might want to pass or open up to something totally different. If you can get over the two leading women's most famous parts and see them anew, you will likely enjoy this film.

The excellent: 1) The setting. It was filmed in Oklahoma and captures so much of the U.S. that films often don't. It is full of another kind of culture: one that is slower, bleaker, and more religious than is typical in American films. Having grown up in a vowel state, I thought it captured the culture well and it was shot really interestingly.

2) Rory Cochrane and Bill Pullman. Cochrane is very funny and Pullman gives a particularly convincing and sympathetic performance.

The so-so: 1) Milla Jovovich. Jovovich's performance is up and down. When it is down it is because she is too over the top; when it is up it is because she has toned it down and bit and connects with the audience as opposed to being some kind of caricature.

2) Child actor Spencer List. List is a bit too annoying too often. Like many child actors, he simply overacts pretty much all the time.

As far as film festival fare, I would rate this in the top 10%. It is well directed, well shot, well edited, and although the acting is mixed, it is a fun, dark, poignant film.

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