A Love Song for Bobby Long

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Not for kids, and not worth it for adults.

R 2004 119 minutes

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age 17+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 17+

Unapologetic love story

This film is fantastic. The cast is believable and genuine in their telling of the unfortunate, and even tragic life of title character, Bobby Long. The movie does contain a fairly hefty amount of foul language, smoking, alcohol consumption, and adult themes. However, it's not without purpose. The movie contains some explicit (but not pornographic) sexual dialogue and a very brief partial nude scene that shows nothing more than the female lead (Scarlett Johansson) in a bath towel. Nothing graphic or explicit. As stated, there is a lot of alcohol consumption, but not without consequences that are both discussed, and shown throughout the film. This is a funny movie at times as well. This is a movie for adults and mature young adults, not children. Everything that happens in this movie is for a purpose, to provide a realistic cinematic portrayal of a sad, yet beautiful story. I will mark "too much alcohol, smoking, and foul language." But let me again say that it's not to be flamboyantly vulgar or obscene like a horror movie or an 80s action movie. This movie has a lot of heart.

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age 17+
This is a wonderful movie for the 18+ crowd who are not offended by language and adult situations. The story is beautiful and shows authentic relationships in a broken world. My older children and I have watched it together after they turn 18 and we all agree, it is a special movie BUT not for everyone. John Travolta should have won an Oscar for his role - I think it was his best ever!

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