Bringing Up Bobby

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  • PG-13
  • 2012
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • 5.1  (2,032)
  • 34

Bringing Up Bobby is a 2011 independent dramedy film directed and written by Famke Janssen. The movie stars Milla Jovovich, Bill Pullman, and Marcia Cross. The film follows the story of a young mother named Olive (Milla Jovovich) and her son Bobby (Spencer List) who live a life of deception as they travel across the United States committing scams to get by. Olive is an unapologetic con artist who believes that she is doing what is necessary to support her son and provide him with the best life possible. Bobby is a smart and thoughtful child who knows that what his mother is doing is wrong but he idolizes his mother and will do anything to please her.

Their adventures of grifting go wrong and Olive is caught and sent to prison. After being caught, Bobby is left in the care of a wealthy suburban couple, Mary (Marcia Cross) and Kent (Bill Pullman), who become pivotal characters to the story. We see how the lives of these two characters collide and how Mary and Kent help in the changes that occur for Olive and Bobby.

Mary and Kent are a childless couple who have been trying to conceive for years but to no avail. When they meet Bobby, they are immediately taken by his charm, talent, and precociousness, and they become determined to help him break free from his mother’s life of crime. Olive, on the other hand, is resentful of her son being taken away from her and continuously tries to get back in his life.

Over time, Olive begins to realize the harms she has caused to so many people who were merely trying to help her along the way, as well as the harm she caused to herself and to her own child. She begins to confront her problems and tries to make amends.

The movie explores the meaning of family and the love that overcomes all obstacles, such as money and status, and ultimately, it highlights the importance of having a moral compass in life.

The acting in the movie is superb. Milla Jovovich delivers a convincing performance as Olive, a mother who is desperately struggling to provide for her son. Bill Pullman and Marcia Cross, on the other hand, bring depth and emotions to their characters, Mary and Kent, who are the perfect nurturing couple who received Bobby into their family.

Moreover, the film’s direction is impressive, and the colors and lighting used in the movie also match the story’s theme. The soundtrack, featuring the music of Emmylou Harris and Norah Jones, is fitting and evokes the mood of the film, adding to the portrayal of the characters’ emotions and motivations.

Bringing Up Bobby is a heartfelt film that delivers a powerful message about the universal nature of family and the ever-present need for love and compassion. The movie combines elements of humor, drama, and heartbreak, all while keeping viewers engaged and invested in the plot. The characters are relatable and well-rounded, and it’s easy to become attached to them.

Overall, Bringing Up Bobby is a touching and worthwhile film that’s worth watching. It’s a perfect movie for adults who enjoy watching relatable character-driven stories, and for anyone who just wants to feel good after watching a movie.

Bringing Up Bobby is a 2012 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 33 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.1 and a MetaScore of 34.

Bringing Up Bobby
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    5.1  (2,032)
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