Bobby

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Despite best intentions from director Emilio Estevez and his ensemble cast, they succumb to a script filled with pointless subplots and awkward moments working too hard to parallel contemporary times.

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Twenty-two people become unwitting participants in a tragic and defining moment of the 1960s in this period drama from actor and director Emilio Estevez. It's early June in 1968, and the California presidential primary elections are occupying the minds of many in the Golden State, with Robert F. Kennedy in a close race against Eugene McCarthy and Hubert Humphrey. The Kennedy campaign staff has set up camp at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, while the staff and guests become observers as the brother of fallen president John F. Kennedy sets out to pick up where his sibling left off. Paul (William H. Macy) is the manager of the Ambassador, and his wife, Miriam (Sharon Stone), is a hairdresser who runs' the hotel's beauty salon. Angela (Heather Graham) is a receptionist working the hotel's switchboard who has been sleeping with Paul behind Miriam's back. Timmons (Christian Slater) is in charge of the hotel's restaurant and catering department, and makes no secret of his dislike of the African-Americans and Latinos under his employ. Miguel (Jacob Vargas) and Jose (Freddy Rodriguez) are two young Chicanos on the kitchen staff who have it in for Timmons, while Robinson (Laurence Fishburne) is an older black man who counsels them on dealing with their rage. Virginia Fallon (Demi Moore) sings in the hotel's cocktail lounge and has a serious problem with alcohol; her husband, Tim (Emilio Estevez), is a Kennedy supporter and also her manager, and he's nearing the end of his rope in dealing with her problem. William (Elijah Wood) is a young man desperate to avoid being drafted and sent to Vietnam; Diane (Lindsay Lohan) is a pretty young woman dating William's brother who agrees to marry him so William can avoid being drafted, though William is clearly infatuated with her, while she considers this a marriage in name only. John Casey (Anthony Hopkins) is one of the owners of the Ambassador, and Nelson (Harry Belafonte) is an old friend who works at the hotel. And Jack (Martin Sheen) is a wealthy Kennedy campaign financier who is married to Samantha (Helen Hunt), an attractive but much younger woman. Bobby also features Joshua Jackson, Nick Cannon, and Shia LaBeouf as young Kennedy campaign volunteers, while Ashton Kutcher, Joy Bryant, Kip Pardue, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead also highlight the supporting cast. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Bobby

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  • Using his haunting elegy for Martin Luther King over the final scene, Estevez makes most of what's gone before seem entertaining enough but fairly trivial. This is not, after all, Grand Hotel.

    Jan 26, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • Liberal Hollywood may well be looking for a uniting, inspiring figure of principle in these troubled times. Bobby Kennedy is a dull choice.

    Jan 26, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The profound grip of Bobby is that it's about the murder of a dream, an eloquent requiem for what might have been, and a tragic reminder of how much that bullet cost.

    Jan 26, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Presents a blinkered look at the man and what he meant to Americans in the turbulent 60s, but nobody can accuse Estevez of lacking sincerity.

    Jan 26, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • For all his good intentions, Mr. Estevez has reduced history to a bad melodrama in which nothing much happens until a crazed assassin (of whom we catch only a fleeting prior glimpse) supposedly destroys the last great hope of a liberal renaissance.

    Dec 6, 2006

    Andrew Sarris

    Observer
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  • Ham-handed and TV-movie flat, it states the obvious, then states it again and again and again.

    Nov 25, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Bobby

  • Nov 24, 2013
    Bobby is an n underrated drama that deserves much more praise. Surrounding the events of Robert Kennedy's assassination, the film follows several characters that will be affected throughout the ordeal. The story is engaging, and it is an important part of history as well, and the cast do a good job in their performances and bring something unique to the film. The film isn't perfect, but it's definitely not as awful as what many critics have said. This is a surprising film that boasts a compelling true story, and even if some of the characters aren't really fleshed out, Bobby does succeed in being a watchable drama that can exceed your expectations. I must admit, with a few casting decisions, I was skeptical, but I was very much surprised and overall, I really enjoyed the film. Director Emilio Estevez crafts a film that is entertaining, dramatic and ultimately enjoyable from start to finish. Bobby is a well directed drama that is far better than what you'd expect. Estevez crafts a very good film and I very much enjoyed it. The story itself is what keeps you involved and despite its shortcomings, Bobby is an accomplished movie that evokes some perfect elements of the genre. Based on the tragic ordeal at the Ambassador Hotel, this is a film that will certainly entertain those intrigued in the subject, but you should know as well that the filmmakers did take some creative liberties to make it more appealing to audiences. However the core of the story is good and it is a movie that shouldn't easily be dismissed. Bobby has its flaws, but is a well acted and directed drama that simply is captivating from the first frame on wards.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2012
    Poorly filmed (low budget digital rarely does period dramas any favors visually), cluttered with far too many characters, overbearingly scored and indulgently directed (could we possibly have any more pointless following shots?), this is unfortunately a waste of a stellar cast
    Tedd P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2012
    Amazing movie with an amazing cast and amazing heart. Everybody in this movie gives strong performances, everybody, they were all charismatic, they all had heart and power in their acting, I loved them all. It has funny moments, charming moments, great moments, and yes, very sad moments like the end. Its a very powerful film, the critics are really stupid about this film, this was a really great ensemble drama piece about Robert F. Kennedy. The director did a great job with the movie, so props to him for making such a terrific piece.
    Angel G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2012
    Sentimentalized and overly melodramatic depictions of history hold no interest for me. Estevez does cram every 60s cliche into this, which I suppose is impressive on some strange level of extreme awfulness.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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