After her mother's death, moody teenage lone wolf Purslane Will (Scarlett Johansson) returns to New Orleans to reclaim her childhood home. But she's shocked to discover that two of her mother's friends have been squatting there for years. In an effort to coexist with Bobby Long (John Travolta), an ex-literature professor, and his protégé, Lawson Pines (Gabriel Macht), Purslane ultimately learns how intertwined they actually are.

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