Film / Prayers for Bobby
A 2009 Lifetime movie based on the true story of Bobby Griffith.

Bobby is 18 years old, lives with his loving family, goes to church, and... is gay. When his mother (Sigourney Weaver) finds out, she attempts to cure Bobby with prayers and psychiatric help.

None of it works, of course, and Bobby sinks deeper into depression and self-loathing. He finally kills himself... which causes his mother to reevaluate her beliefs about homosexuality.

Tropes Used:

  • Abusive Parents: Mary, arguably. She forces her religion down her children's throats, in particular Bobby, who she calls "sick" and "perverted" for being gay, trying to 'convert' him. Her actions drive her son to suicide. However, Mary genuinely cares for her children and begins seriously questioning her church's interpretation of Scripture after Bobby's death. In the end, she accepts that her earlier beliefs were wrong and tries to make amends.
  • An Aesop: Parents, telling your child that he/she is inherently sinful because he/she is gay is bad, and may drive your child to suicide.
  • Based on a True Story
  • Cure Your Gays: Mary Griffith's strategy, which drives her son to suicide.
  • Driven to Suicide: Bobby attempts suicide early one. Eventually he throws himself from a bridge into the path of truck and is instantly killed, with the aftermath of his suicide forming the main plot in the second half of the film.
  • Gayngst: Bobby, on account of the fact his mother is a conservative evangelical Christian who believes being gay is a sin and won't accept her son. He eventually commits suicide.
  • Heel Realization: Mary Griffith has one after Bobby kills himself..
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Bobby.
  • Redemption Quest: Mary Griffith, who became a gay rights activist after Bobby's death.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Basically, all the important points in the movie were in the trailer.
  • Where Everybody Knows Your Flame: Bobby pays a visit to a local gay bar in his town.