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 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?


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 »


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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Close but no Cigar
16 September 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Famke Janssen has managed to put all of the elements of a great independent movie together here but somehow the chemistry never grabs you really hard. Milla Jovovich's character is somebody who thinks they understand the American Dream from watching TV and from the movies that she is often quoting. The reality in America however is that the "American Dream" is much more complicated than she ever imagined. Milla Jovovich and Spencer List are very convincing as the mother and son duo and the portrayal of their relationship is what carries the movie. Pullamn does well but is careful not to grab the attention away from the two main characters. The colours and costumes stand out against the bleak Oklahoma backdrop. It is a good movie and it is easy to watch. It is not the sort of movie that will interest people who do not regularly watch small independent movies.

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