An all-star cast (featuring Demi Moore, Lindsay Lohan, Freddy Rodriguez, Laurence Fishburne, Heather Graham, Sharon Stone and many others) plays fictional characters inhabiting the Ambassador Hotel on the day that Senator and presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968.
Big question: Can writer-director Emilio Estevez successfully fictionalize a complicated historical event and stir up our feelings about the turbulent political world?
Skip it: There is such a thing as too much respect. "Bobby" has such reverence for Kennedy and the public's notion of what his presidency would have been like that it's as if his death deprived us of our last chance at a utopia. For the last four decades of racism, sexism and any other ism, we, apparently, have only an assassin to blame.
Catch it: If you hate discovering new actors. Every featured character is played by someone you should recognize. (The list continued: Ashton Kutcher, Anthony Hopkins, Christian Slater, Elijah Wood, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Joshua Jackson, Nick Cannon, Shia LaBeouf, Harry Belafonte)
Bottom line: From infidelity to drug use to political action to shoe shopping, there are too many different things being done by too many people in "Bobby." Certain points touch on the late '60s vibe of people impacted by changes in attitudes about war, race, sex and drugs; mostly, though, the movie is just overcome with forgettable conversation, misguidedly thinking you can portray the feelings of regular people with nothing but huge stars.
Bonus: Do you miss Kutcher's druggie days on "That '70s Show"? Check him out here, tripping on acid, pointing at an orange and telling it to shut up. Citrus can be so chatty sometimes.
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
Directed by Emilio Estevez; screenplay by Estevez; photographed by Michael Barrett; edited by Richard Chew; music by Mark Isham; production design by Patti Podesta; produced by Michael Litvak, Edward Bass and Holly Wiersma. An MGM release; opens Thursday. Running time: 1:51. MPAA rating: R (for language, drug content and a scene of violence).
Nelson - Harry Belafonte
Paul Ebbers - William H. Macy
Miriam - Sharon Stone
John Casey - Anthony Hopkins
Angela - Heather Graham
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