Prayers for Bobby

Bi the Book's picture

A couple of days ago, Prayers for Bobby premiered. It is one of the saddest movies I have seen in a while. I've seen it a few times and I still can't get it off of my mind. It's about a boy, Bobby who realizes that he is gay, but his parents, especially his mom doesn't approve of his homosexuality. I don't want to give to much away, but in my opinion, I think that everyone should see it, both the homophobic and the gay and lesbians. Anyone.


When I call out Your Name Do you Hear's picture

*gasp* I loved that movie!!

*gasp* I loved that movie!! It made me cry >.<

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Bi the Book's picture


I loved Prayers for Bobby too. I cried a lot. It was really touching and inspiring.

howie's picture

Prayers for Bobby.

It was most definitely the most moving story I have ever seen. A lot of lessons in that movie. Dig deep and research some of the biblical passages quoted in that film and one could learn a great deal about Jesus' message. But use a Strong's concordance and translate the english word back to their original Greek, Hebrew and Arameric words. You will find many translations that could have been written somewhat more accurately. Mainstream Christianity is sadly lacking accuracy when they quote from the Bible. I'm a believer, but have a different understanding of the written word than mainstream Christians. Anyway, Bobby's story was heartbreaking all the way around. HOWIE

jeff's picture


I just watched it for the first time last night. It was alright. It's such an old story, though, that I think I knew everything in advance, having read the book and interviewed both the author of the book and Bobby's mother.

I also thought it was slightly less relevant today, in that half the story isn't true anymore. Growing up now, Bobby would have more ideas and examples of living openly gay than the seedy clubs that were the only visible option back then.

Sadly there's been less progress on the blind adherence to the Bible part (and only to the passages that are anti-gay, rather than the parts everyone ignores that uses the same hellfire language).

Then again, not sure how interesting it is to watch someone clinging to "But the Bible says..." for any longer in the movie.

And they also whitewashed Bobby for the movie. I forget all the details, but I think there was drugs and possibly prostitution in the book (anyone?), which probably contributed to the suicide. But Mary does have the more compelling story, so that choice made sense. I would have killed him off earlier in the movie and gone into more detail on her transformation.

"People who are happy are slugs... They do not move the human race forward."
-- Camille Paglia, on Oasis