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A Love Song for Bobby Long

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Source: Catholic News Service

Lazily paced triangular drama set in New Orleans about a wayward teenager (Scarlett Johansson) who moves into the house left her by her late, estranged mother, only to find it occupied by two of her mother's friends: a former literature professor turned drunkard (John Travolta) haunted by past sins, and his young protege (Gabriel Macht), both of whom reform their broken lives to help her reclaim her future. As directed by first-timer Shainee Gabel, the uneven film is weighed down by too much Southern schmaltz, but has some good performances and imparts an ultimately redemptive message about family and forgiveness. Alcohol abuse and recurring rough and sexually crude language and humor, as well as some profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.



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