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Running Time:
2 hours

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language, drug content and a scene of violence

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An ambitious film loaded with sincerity and brimming with nostalgia but despite its good intentions, it falls flat.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Bobby: The Making of an American Epic; Eyewitness accounts from the Ambassador Hotel ; Theatrical trailer; Language: English 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish.

Written and directed by Emilio Estevez, the film focuses on a number of stories taking place at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on the ill-fated day in 1968 when Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated.

The stories involve the hotel staff, Kennedy campaign supporters, hotel guests as well as a spaced-out drug dealer (Ashton Kutcher) and a couple of his customers. The characters involved include two old codgers (Harry Belafonte "Carmen Jones" and Anthony Hopkins "Silence of the Lambs") playing chess and reflecting on the gold old days, a young couple (Lindsay Lohan"Freaky Friday" and Elijah Wood "Lord of the Rings") who are getting married so he can avoid going to Vietnam, a racist catering manager (Christian Slater "Heathers"), a bus boy (Freddy Rodriguez - TV's "Six Feet Under") who has tickets to that night's Dodgers game, an elicit affair between the hotel's manager (Bill Macy "Seabiscuit") who's having a quickie with a telephone operator (Heather Graham "Boogie Nights") while his wife (Sharon Stone "Basic Instinct") is working not far away in the hotel's beauty shop, an alcoholic night club singer (Demi Moore "Indecent Proposal") and her husband (Emilio Estevez "The Breakfast Club"), and a strange trip on LSD with two very stoned Kennedy volunteers (Brian Geraghty ("When a Stranger Calls" and Shia LaBeouf " Constantine"). It all culminates later that night when Kennedy is shot following what might be one of the longest speeches in the history of politics.

"Bobby" is a movie full of good intentions, but it's really hard to care anything about any of the characters. The only one you might feel anything for might be the Mexican bus boy who couldn't go to the Dodgers game because the chef (Laurence Fishburn "The Matrix") wouldn't give him the night off. After sitting through it's overlong running time, you would surely have preferred that any of the other characters would have taken that bullet instead of Kennedy. Maybe that's what Estevez had in mind. Although, most of the actors and actresses actually did reasonable jobs with their respective roles, except for Demi Moore's over-the-top performance as the alcoholic singer; it was hard to care much about any of them. "Bobby" is just a bunch of stories thrown together with little significance and less emotion. Even RFK's speech at the end of the movie, despite giving us his views on war, peace, violence and race relations, was allowed to go on much too long. At least the film makes a persuasive case that something important in America was taken from us the night Kennedy was shot.

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