Summer is full of big-budget blockbusters and anticipated titles. Every week is a new set of releases deemed “the next big thing.” But in all of the hoopla and confusion, great movies with less publicity get lost. That’s what happened to “Love Song for Bobby Long” in 2004.
The movie follows Pursy Will (Scarlett Johansson), who travels to New Orleans after the death of her mother. In the city, she meets friends of her mother’s, living in her abandoned childhood home. The men, Bobby Long (John Travolta) and Lawson Pines (Gabriel Macht), have nowhere else to go, forcing the three to become unlikely roommates. While Pines works on a novel on Long’s life, Will continues to discover herself and her mother’s secrets.
Along with the movie, Maiden Alley Cinema is hosting Grayson Capps & the Lost Cause Minstrels, the band that performed on the movie’s soundtrack. Seeing Capps, who tours all over the United States, play in such an intimate setting is definitely worth the price of admission. Capps is truly a storyteller, and breathes an air of old-school, raw country.
It’s hard to believe a movie with such a strong cast didn’t make headlines, but the film banked just over $150,000 in its time in theaters. Now, the comedy and life lessons are coming back to the big screen, if only for one night.