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Bringing Up Bobby (2011)

 -  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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Olive
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Don Kruzinga ...
Car Salesman
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Walt
Dalton Olive ...
Earl
Robin Brooks ...
Teacher
Milton Killen ...
Parking Lot Guy
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John Lewis III
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Tommy Lee Jones
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Walt
Deedra Jordon ...
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Molly Reilly ...
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Sanford Kelly ...
Kent's Driver Gerry
Jane Hall ...
Secretary Carol
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Mary
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Storyline

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

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

Ein fast perfektes Verbrechen  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$4,975 (USA) (16 November 2012)
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Shot in and around Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the summer of 2010. It was shot in 22 days and made use of the Oklahoma tax credit. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[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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Kudos to Famke, turns out she can direct too
3 May 2012 | by (Nashville) – See all my reviews

I saw Famke Janssen on a panel with Nicole Kidman at the Nashville Film Festival. Mrs. Janssen was well spoken and impressive so I thought I would see her film. It's very strange but wonderful. The idea of it is great; a Ukrainian woman who grew up on American movies and hustles her way through Oklahoma, using those movies as the basis for her understanding of the American dream. American cinema clearly shapes foreigner's view of who we are, which was an interesting theme to see the director explore. Throughout Bringing Up Bobby, Mila Jovivich uses quotes from some of the greatest movies of all time time, movies that clearly shaped her opinion about America. I caught some references (I think) from Gone With the Wind, China Town and Bonnie and Clyde. I am sure there are others in there as well that I missed. But for movie buffs, that was a fun aspect of the film.

The reality is that Bringing Up Bobby is almost two separate movies. The first half of the film feels like a slapstick, easy going and over the top homage to the 1930s, while the second half feels like a 1970's film. The second half is very gritty and more realistic. One can argue with the outcome of such an effort, but the ambition is certainly there for this 1st time director. It's always nice to see an independent film take risks and think outside the box. Bobby tried to do that and sometimes it succeeds and sometimes it falls short. Where it falls short is really on the acting. I agree with some of the other comments about Mrs. Jovovich's performance, as it is a little uneven and I felt like in the first part of the film especially, you could see the acting. She did a much better job during the second part of the film when she had to be emotional and the action required a visceral reaction from her.

The music in this film is really fantastic, book marked on the one end by Ukrainian/Russian folk songs and on the other with real Americana music.

The movie doesn't completely succeed but I applaud the effort and look forward to seeing what Mrs. Janssen does next.


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