Prayers for Bobby is not a good movie. It's so wholesome and earnest, in such an obvious and belaboured fashion, that it imbues everything with a hokey artificiality, which reminds you, incessantly, that none of what you're watching is real. This clunkiness prevents the story from forming the emotional connection necessary for a biopic to succeed. Although it didn't work for me, evidently, a lot of people don't mind being encased in sap.

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