A Love Song for Bobby Long

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A Love Song for Bobby Long ★★ 2004 (R)

Bobby Long (Travolta) and protege Lawson Pines (Macht) are alcoholic literary has-beens who escape a shady past by relocating to a notorious singer's house in New Orleans. When the singer dies, her 18-year-old daughter (Johansson) shows up to claim the house, but must share it with the shabby twosome. Heartwarming misunderstandings and bonding moments ensue. Very overthetop story actually manages to charm, saved by the relaxed performances of talented cast. Neither Travolta nor Johansson ever master a believable southern accent, yet for some odd reason it doesn't seem to matter. And Travolta gets to sing again. 119m/C VHS, DVD . US John Travolta, Scarlett Johansson, Gabriel Macht, Deborah Kara Unger, Sonny Shroyer, Dane Rhodes; D: Shainee Gabel; W: Shainee Gabel; C: Elliot Davis; M: Nathan Larson.