Thursday, November 26, 2009

Prayers for Bobby

Back when I was in New York I saw a movie called Prayers for Bobby. It was a made for TV movie, and premiered on Lifetime early in the year. It just goes to show how much TV i watch because not only didn't I know about it, but I didn't even know we had Logo! What kind of gay man am I?! So I downloaded the movie and watched it at home.

What can I say but if you ever want to watch a movie and have a good cry, this is one to watch! I highly recommend it. In short it's about a gay teenager whose mother (played by Sigourney Weaver) refuses to accept that she has a gay son. She 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. He ends up becoming withdrawn and depressed. He moves away, finds a boyfriend, but eventually his depression and self loathing intensify and is driven to suicide.

Faced with the tragedy, she begins to question herself, and her beliefs, joins PFLAG and eventually becomes an advocate for gay rights. It's a powerful film and make sure you have a box of tissues with you.

I can see some similarities between his life and my own. While mine won't end up like his did (i hope), but the same religious sentiment will be there. Just pray more, want it more, and you can be cured. Well it doesn't quite work that way.



Yaakov said...

the way u described this movie is exactly how i would describe it too. i dont think ive ever cried so much from a movie. it was really well done and very emotional.

Z said...

I need to take zanax after that moview to calm myself. My crying didn't stop hours. AHHHH!

AA said...

i havent cried so many tears in so many years since discovering i was gay more than a half my lifetime ago.


Anonymous said...

omg, thanx for recommending this movie, it def helped ith that cry i needed!

Anonymous said...

omg, thanx for recommending this movie, it def helped ith that cry i needed!