Although it’s been more than two hours since the movie finished and I have been trying to distract myself with uptempo music, I still feel an emotional wreck. I feel all cried out, probably because I have been crying my eyes out.
The reason is the movie “Prayers For Bobby” starring Sigourney Weaver as Mary Griffith, the ultra religious mother of gay teen Bobby. She cannot accept his sexuality because it goes against what she has read in the bible. And one doesn’t question the bible. Bobby feels more and more alienated and eventually takes his own life. Mary goes to pieces (as did I) and starts a journey of questioning her blind acceptance of the bible and eventually becoming involved with PFLAG. Her speech towards the end of the movie is inspirational.
Sigourney is simply brilliant as always, although you spend most of the movie hating her. Ryan Kelley as Bobby is superb. I recognised him from somewhere and when I checked, I saw that he had played Ryan in one of my favourite “Smallville” episodes “Stray”. This is considered by many to be one of the best episodes in the series history mainly due to the performance of Ryan.
This movie is a must-see, especially for any parents of gay kids. Here is the trailer which is emotional enough by itself.