Before you echo 'Amen' in your home or place of worship, think and remember...a child is listening
Prayers for Bobby... One of the most powerful LGBT films you'll ever watch
I don't really know where to start with this one..
This film has always been one of my personal favorites as I can somewhat relate to the storyline from my own personal experiences... Although my story, which is a story for another day, is not nearly as trying as it was for Bobby Griffith.
To add to all the feels this film gives; it's based on a true story and being a television film, which often aren't all that good, it captures the story and struggles splendidly.
Mary Griffith (Sigourney Weaver) is a devout Christian who raises her children according to the evangelical teachings of her local Presbyterian church in the late 1970s and early 1980s in Walnut Creek, California. Her son Bobby (Ryan Kelley) confides to his older brother that he may be gay. Life changes for the entire family after Mary learns about his secret. Bobby's father and siblings slowly come to terms with his homosexuality, but Mary believes that God can cure him. and persuades Bobby to pray harder and seek solace in Church activities in hopes of changing him. Desperate for his mother's approval, Bobby does what is asked of him, but through it all, the Church's disapproval of homosexuality and his mother's attempts to suppress his growing behaviors in public causes him to grow increasingly withdrawn and depressed.
Both Ryan Kelly and Sigourney weaver are simply stunning in this film. I couldn't have picked a better leading cast. I personally think that weaver was the perfect woman to portray the inspirational human rights hero that Mary Griffith was.
This film will touch every single heartstring there is and there won't be a dry eye in the house.
Watch this film ( but make sure you have some tissues at hand) and let me know what you think!