All-star ensemble overshadowed by RFK

Bobby

on November 17, 2006 by Susan Green
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A Nashville wannabe without Robert Altman's subtle wit, Bobby is an ambitious attempt by writer/director Emilio Estevez to capture a turbulent era through a single historic event. He examines the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy by presenting the myriad perspectives of guests, employees and campaign workers gathered at the Ambassador Hotel during California's Democratic presidential primary in June 1968. Their overlapping stories address the issues percolating back then, such as war, racism, women's equality and immigration. (Some things never change.) But that very topicality tends to stymie an all-star ensemble cast, which must recite big mouthfuls of Important Dialogue rather than engage in realistic conversation.

Among the film's 22 key characters: Anthony Hopkins, a Bobby executive producer, plays a retired doorman who hangs out in the lobby reminiscing with an old pal (Harry Belafonte). William H. Macy, the manager cheating on his beautician wife (Sharon Stone) with a switchboard operator (Heather Graham), fires the bigoted food supervisor (Christian Slater) for not giving his black and Latino kitchen staff time off to vote. Freddy Rodriguez appears as a nice-guy waiter. A chef (Laurence Fishburne) suggests how people of color can navigate a white-dominated society. A cabaret singer (Demi Moore) is a lush with a passive husband (Estevez). The actress' real-life spouse, Ashton Kutcher, pops up in the role of a hippie drug dealer. Helen Hunt and Martin Sheen, as a wealthy New York couple, are mostly there to give the director's dad a gig.

This wouldn't be a Hollywood production without Lindsay Lohan, as a girl about to marry a friend (Elijah Wood) so he won't be sent to Vietnam. Joshua Jackson and Nick Cannon portray idealists stumping for RFK, whose eloquent speeches--heard via archival footage and audio tracks--are a reminder the country lost a true visionary that day. Distributor: MGM
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Harry Belafonte, William H. Macy, Sharon Stone, Heather Graham, Christian Slater, Freddy Rodriguez, Laurence Fishburne, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Ashton Kutcher, Helen Hunt, Martin Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Elijah Wood, Joshua Jackson, Nick Cannon, Jacob Vargas, Joy Bryant, Shia LaBeouf, Brian Geraghty,Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Svetlana Metkina and David Krumholtz
Director/Screenwriter: Emilio Estevez
Producer: Michel Litvak, Edward Bass and Holly Wiersma
Genre: Historical drama
Rating: R for language, drug content and a scene of violence
Running time: 120 min.
Release date: November 17, 2006

Tags: politics, period piece, government, ensemble, assassination, Robert F. Kennedy, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Hopkins, Harry Belafonte, William H. Macy, Sharon Stone, Heather Graham, Christian Slater, Freddy Rodriguez, Laurence Fishburne, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Helen Hunt, Martin Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Elijah Wood, Joshua Jackson, Nick Cannon, Shia LaBeouf, Brian Geraghty, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Krumholtz
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