BRINGING UP BOBBY

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
MAY 4, 2014

Many questions arise from watching “Bringing Up Bobby.” First, of which, is why did actress Famke Janssen decide to write, direct, and produce this film as her first directorial venture? A somewhat successful actress in her own right, you would assume either this was a passion project of hers or something she felt very strongly about. But the premise of the film sees a European ex-con artist, trying to raise her son while on the run in the United States. Stated on Wikipedia, the idea was inspired by her perceptions of the United States, after moving here from the Netherlands in 1984, but why it is handled in such a haphazard and non-cohesive way is still up for question. Another question arises of why Milla Jovovich, another somewhat successful actress, would sign on to star as the lead in this film? Having been born in the Soviet Union, you would also imagine she could pull off a Russian accent, but unfortunately, she cannot, as it comes off muddled and exaggerated. The biggest flaw of the film is the lack of empathy created for any of the paper-thin characters, as they are all unlikeable in one way or another. With no real direction to speak of, you have to wonder where this came from and who it was meant for. Why some actors decide to become directors is beyond me, but with the first showing like this, there is nowhere to go but up.

RELEASE DATE
September 28, 2012

DIRECTOR
Famke Janssen

WRITTEN BY
Famke Janssen
Cole Frates (story)

STUDIO
Monterey Media

PG-13
(for language, sexual content and some drug material)

COMEDY
93 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Guido van Gennep

COMPOSER
Tom Holkenborg

EDITOR
Job ter Burg

CAST
Milla Jovovich
Spencer List
Rory Cochrane
Marcia Cross
Bill Pullman

PRODUCED BY
Sofia Sondervan
Famke Janssen

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