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.


Famke Janssen


Cole Frates (story), Famke Janssen (story) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Milla Jovovich ... Olive
Spencer List ... Bobby
Don Kruizinga ... Car Salesman (as Don Kruzinga)
Rory Cochrane ... Walt
Dalton Olive ... Earl
Robin Brooks Robin Brooks ... Teacher
Milton Killen Milton Killen ... Parking Lot Guy
Eric Starkey ... John Lewis III
Dan Corley Dan Corley ... Tommy Lee Jones
Bill Pullman ... Walt
Deedra Jordan-Evans Deedra Jordan-Evans ... Doctor (as Deedra Jordon)
Molly Reilly Molly Reilly ... Nurse
Sanford Kelly Sanford Kelly ... Kent's Driver Gerry
Jane Hall ... Secretary Carol
Marcia Cross ... Mary


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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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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A friend
Written by Ann Davison
Performed by Ray Hatcher
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Milla, why oh why?
2 February 2012 | by westernwallflowerSee all my reviews

At the video store, this DVD caught my eye immediately because of my longtime girl crush Milla Jovovich on the front cover. I grabbed it straight off the shelf, without hesitation. I knew it would more than likely be a dud film, but I just love to watch Milla and was excited that this film could possibly, maybe, turn out to be an 'okay' film.

Well, this film is a complete dud. I cringed the whole way through. The mundane story line had potential, but the script and direction was just terrible. I did not know if this was supposed to be a comedy film or a drama. Either way, it failed in every possible category.

The character of Olive (Milla Jovovich), was so over the top and one dimensional. Olive, the stereotypical beautiful Russian single mother con, was a character that was over exaggerated and incredibly annoying. It is not even worth going into any more detail about the characters in this film because it all just sucked. It would be as pointless as analyzing your own vomit after vomiting. The only emotion that this film evoked for me, was sadness over why Milla Jovovich played such a crap character in such a crap film. Milla completely over acted in this film, but that was really the only thing that added slight intrigue. Along with her wardrobe.

If you like Milla, then watch it for the sake of seeing Millas beauty on screen. Otherwise, do not bother with this film ... unless you want to spend an hour or so baffled at how anyone could write such a terrible script.

Bringing up Bobby - The kind of film that my thirteen year old self would have written back in the day. Pretty clothes, pretty leading lady and pretty ridiculous.

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