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* SuicideIsShameful: Outright stated at Bobby's funeral by the pastor presiding over it while his parents solemnly listened. His outraged cousin called out Mary for allowing this, which she eventually comes to deeply regret and wrestle with, believing that since Bobby wasn't in his right mind at the time of his death, then God must have realized that it was a mistake and admitted him into Heaven.


* DrivenToSuicide: Bobby attempts suicide early one. [[spoiler: 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]].

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* DrivenToSuicide: Bobby attempts suicide early one.on. [[spoiler: 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]].


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

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



* AbusiveParents: Mary, arguably (film being unique in that the film is partly from her point of view). 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 [[spoiler: drive her son to suicide]]. However, Mary genuinely cares for her children and begins seriously questioning her church's interpretation of Scripture after [[spoiler: Bobby's death]]. In the end, she accepts that her earlier beliefs were wrong and tries to [[TheAtoner make amends]].
** Given what we have seen of Bobby's very angry, mean, verbally abusive, homophobic (to the point of declaring that gay people should be genocide-ed) maternal grandmother at her birthday party and at Bobby's funeral (where she tells Mary to stop grieving and focus on the guests), it seems that Mary is also on the receiving end of this trope.

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* AbusiveParents: Mary, arguably (film being unique in that the film is partly from her point of view). 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 [[spoiler: drive [[spoiler:drive her son to suicide]]. However, Mary genuinely cares for her children and begins seriously questioning her church's interpretation of Scripture after [[spoiler: Bobby's death]]. In the end, she accepts that her earlier beliefs were wrong and tries to [[TheAtoner make amends]].
** Given what we have seen of Bobby's very angry, mean, verbally abusive, homophobic [[HeteronormativeCrusader homophobic]] (to the point of [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence declaring that gay people should be genocide-ed) be]] [[FinalSolution genocide-ed]]) maternal grandmother at her birthday party and at Bobby's funeral (where she tells Mary to stop grieving and focus on the guests), it seems that Mary is also on the receiving end of this trope.



* CureYourGays: Mary Griffith's strategy, [[spoiler:which drives her son to suicide.]]

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* CureYourGays: Mary Griffith's strategy, [[spoiler:which drives her son to suicide.]]suicide]].



* TheSeventies: When the story starts, actually at the very end where men have shaggy hair and there was a move from bell bottoms to straight leg.
* TheEighties: Where most of the story, including Bobby's suicide takes place, there is even talk about AIDS.



* TheEighties: Where most of the story, including Bobby's suicide takes place, there is even talk about AIDS.



* TheSeventies: When the story starts, actually at the very end where men have shaggy hair and there was a move from bell bottoms to straight leg.


* ParentsArePeople: A tragic example with Robert and Mary Griffith, they love their children for sure but either have trouble really expressing that love, accepting their children for who they are, or escape to the bottle.

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* ParentsArePeople: ParentsAsPeople: A tragic example with Robert and Mary Griffith, they love their children for sure but either have trouble really expressing that love, accepting their children for who they are, or escape to the bottle.


* AbusiveParents: 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 [[spoiler: drive her son to suicide]]. However, Mary genuinely cares for her children and begins seriously questioning her church's interpretation of Scripture after [[spoiler: Bobby's death]]. In the end, she accepts that her earlier beliefs were wrong and tries to [[TheAtoner make amends]].

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* AbusiveParents: Mary, arguably.arguably (film being unique in that the film is partly from her point of view). 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 [[spoiler: drive her son to suicide]]. However, Mary genuinely cares for her children and begins seriously questioning her church's interpretation of Scripture after [[spoiler: Bobby's death]]. In the end, she accepts that her earlier beliefs were wrong and tries to [[TheAtoner make amends]].amends]].
** Given what we have seen of Bobby's very angry, mean, verbally abusive, homophobic (to the point of declaring that gay people should be genocide-ed) maternal grandmother at her birthday party and at Bobby's funeral (where she tells Mary to stop grieving and focus on the guests), it seems that Mary is also on the receiving end of this trope.



* BrokenPedestal: Bobby has this, his siblings joke or lament how he is "the perfect one" and this pedestal gets broken after he is revealed to be gay.
* BumblingDad: Robert Griffith seems to spend more time with his beer than intervening in family matters but when Bobby's friends pick him up for a Rocky Horror screening, [[CloserToEarth he seems to sit by them with an understanding grimace]] while Mary and Bobby argue.
* CallingTheOldWomanOut: Cousin Jeanette calls Mary out for her homophobia and for letting a minister that barely knew Bobby say a damning eulogy at his funeral.
* CoolBigSis: Cousin Jeanette serves this role to Bobby, allowing him to move in with her in Portland and introducing him to some guys.



* DeadpanSnarker: Robert Griffith has his moments amongst his family insanity; the Reverend at the gay affirming Church also has his moments when dealing with Mary.



* HeelRealization: Mary Griffith has one [[spoiler: after Bobby kills himself]]..

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* HeelRealization: Mary Griffith has one [[spoiler: after Bobby kills himself]]..himself]].
* HenpeckedHusband: The therapist that Bobby is taken to (as part of CureYourGays) states that most gay men grew up in households where fathers are this trope and mothers are battle-axes. Bobby's father jokes that he had both and is straight.


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* ParentsArePeople: A tragic example with Robert and Mary Griffith, they love their children for sure but either have trouble really expressing that love, accepting their children for who they are, or escape to the bottle.


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* TranquilFury: Mary gets this towards the end when she overhears two homophobic preachers make disparaging comments about a clergyman being "limp-wristed" where she gets up and testifies on public access.


* TheEighties: Where most of the story, including Bobby's suicide takes place, there is even talk about AIDs.

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* TheEighties: Where most of the story, including Bobby's suicide takes place, there is even talk about AIDs.AIDS.

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* TheEighties: Where most of the story, including Bobby's suicide takes place, there is even talk about AIDs.


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* TheSeventies: When the story starts, actually at the very end where men have shaggy hair and there was a move from bell bottoms to straight leg.

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* GayngstInducedSuicide: Teenage Bobby comes out and is faced with his mother's attempts to convert him, he fights against this until the church gets involved and then kills himself. The rest of the film is his mom coming to terms with his suicide and then campaigning against homophobia in the church to stop other kids killing themselves.


* AnAesop: Parents, telling your child that he/she is inherently sinful because he/she is gay is bad, and may drive your child to suicide.

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* AnAesop: Parents, telling your child that he/she is inherently sinful because he/she is gay is bad, and [[spoiler:and may drive your child to suicide.suicide]].


A 2009 Lifetime movie based on the true story of Bobby Griffith.

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A 2009 Lifetime movie [[BasedOnATrueStory based on the true story story]] of Bobby Griffith.




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* AbusiveParents: 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 [[spoiler: drive her son to suicide]]. However, Mary genuinely cares for her children and begins seriously questioning her church's interpretation of Scripture after [[spoiler: Bobby's death]]. In the end, she accepts that her earlier beliefs were wrong and tries to [[TheAtoner make amends]].



%%* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: Bobby.]]
* {{Gayngst}}
* HeelRealization: Mary Griffith.

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%%* * DrivenToSuicide: Bobby attempts suicide early one. [[spoiler: Bobby.]]
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}}
{{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. [[spoiler: He eventually commits suicide]].
* HeelRealization: Mary Griffith.Griffith has one [[spoiler: after Bobby kills himself]]..


* CaliforniaDoubling: Actually, in this case, ''Michigan'' doubling. Ferndale (a suburb of Detroit) stands in for the suburbs of Portland (the one in Oregon).





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

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


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