PRAYERS FOR BOBBY (2009) – Review

Russell Mulcary‘s PRAYERS FOR BOBBY (2009) are one of those unique gems of a Lifetime® film. Based of the novel of the same name, it is a provocative tale about compassion for others and how a mother turned advocate for the rights of other LGBT persons after the suicide of her son. Set in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the message of equality is still poignantly relevant today. PRAYERS FOR BOBBY (2009)

Sigourney Weaver stars as Mary Griffith, a devout Christian woman who refused to accept her son Bobby’s (Ryan Jonathan Kelley) coming out announcement that he is gay–and his family is not so accepting of this news. Mary has to decide between her love of God, and the love she has for her son. The tragedy that unfolds after would change her perspective, and the perspective of others–forever.

Based on the controversial subject matter of homosexuality, it must be said Prayers for Bobby handles the subject matter delicately and presents very well cinematography.  Weaver’s performance as Mary Griffith is convincing and is true to life. Her conflict between faith and family conveys well on screen, and the scenes where she is present with Bobby are especially moving. Kelley was a perfect choice for the role of Bobby; he is sympathetic, kind, and an all around nice young man. There is not a complaint to give for the other actors and actresses in the film.

Lifetime‘s success with Prayers for Bobby does not end with its great casting. Bobby’s journey into exploring his newly realized identity, his internal struggles, and the discrimination he faces is disrupting and powerful. Each stage in his life and development is consistent scene to the scene, and the viewer experiences every moment along with Bobby, both his joys and pains.

Prayers for Bobby is a film with a positive and vital message for any generation of how acceptance is a necessary part of human relationships.

Highly recommended.

Prayers For Bobby (2009) DVD Special Features Include:


  • Behind the Scenes with the producers
  • Meet the Stars
  • Interviews with the real-life Mary Griffith, Sigoruney Weaver, and other cast members
  • Road to the GLAAD Awards
  • The Trevor Project PSA starring Daniel Radcliffe
  • PFLAG PSA Starring Sigourney Weaver
  • Full Screen Presentation
  • English 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio


Behind the Scenes reveals how the producers were inspired by the Prayers for Bobby book and wanted to make a film with a positive message that would help LGBT youth and adults. Meet the Stars takes the viewer into what drew Weaver and the others to the project and other cast members’ opinion of her performance in the film. The interviews give a chance for Mary to tell her personal story and what the film and the book mean personally to her. Daniel Radcliffe gives a PSA about the Trevor Project’s helpline and website for LGBT youth. Sigoruney Weaver gives a PSA about PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

Art and supplementary materials courtesy of ©2013 Lionsgate Home Entertainment. All rights reserved.

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  • Rated 3 stars
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Review Summary:

Struggling with the conflict of being gay, Bobby came out to his family.

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