Prayers for Bobby

Synopsis: In "Prayers for Bobby," Mary Griffith (Sigourney Weaver) is a devout Christian who raises her children with the conservative teachings of the Presbyterian Church. However, when her son Bobby (Ryan Kelley) 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 (Henry Czerny) 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is asked of him, but through it all, the church's apparent disapproval of homosexuality causes him to grow increasingly withdrawn and depressed.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
Director(s): Russell Mulcahy
Production: Unknown
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 13 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.1
TV-14
Year:
2009
90 min
537 Views


Do yours?

They didn't first.

But, they eventually came around.

How did you get them to change?

Well, one day,

I told them Accept me as I am, or forget me!

I know my Mum means well but I don't know if she'll ever accept me.

Just don't stop trying.

Now that you know

What every parent should know about homosexuality

Have a great trip.

Don't let her get to you.

And don't be afraid to stand up to her.

Too much flew by fast.

I'll call you when I get home.

You'd better.

Well. Look who's home.

-Hey Dad.

-Hey, come here, come here.

Just in time for dinner. Come on in.

That's funny.

So how was Portland?

Yeah...

Portland was great.

Good!

I'm thinking of maybe moving there for a little bit.

Moving there?

I met someone...

A guy.

Girls...

Give me a hand with this.

We're supposed to pretend we didn't hear that?

Yes.

Bobby...

This might not have been the right time.

I know.

I'm sorry..

You should start thinking about college for next fall.

You need to get your GED first.

I mean...

it's ok to take some time off but...

Did you hear me?

I don't wanna know.

I want you to know.

His name's David.

We always start at the beginning every time and if we're not getting any more different let's just not go there.

When I'm with him,

it feels so...

good!

He treats me well...

he's funny and he's smart...

Stop. I mean it. I don't wanna hear it.

And you know I don't.

I spent the last year listening to you and you're gonna listen to me for once.

It feels good when I'm with David.

But if he touches me in public,

or God forbids, kisses me,

I pull away.

I feel ashame.

Because you know it's wrong.

-Because YOU told me it's wrong.

-It's not me. It's the bible.

It's not the bible. It's you!

Why can't you admit that?

Why can't you admit that you can't stand what I am?

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