Reviewed by: Maggie Hays
|Featuring:||Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Elijah Wood, Sharon Stone, Freddy Rodriguez, Nick Cannon, Lindsay Lohan, Shia LaBeouf, Brian Geraghty, William H. Macy, Helen Hunt, Christian Slater, Martin Sheen, Heather Graham, Laurence Fishburne, Jacob Vargas, Joy Bryant, Kip Pardue, David Krumholtz, Harry Belafonte, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Svetlana Metkina|
|Producer:||Gary Walters, Dan Grodnik, Anthony Hopkins|
|Distributor:||MGM Distribution Co.|
“He saw wrong and tried to right it. He saw suffering and tried to heal it. He saw war and tried to stop it.”
If you see BOBBY, you will hear profanity—several F-words, and God’s name profaned. You will view adultery. You will see nudity—male, from behind. The adultery is shown for the sad thing that it is, and how it hurts people. The nudity is a result of tripping out on LSD. The profanity is not dumped on us by the gallons, as it is in some movies. Nevertheless, if you are offended by crude language and profanity, you will cringe several times. There are many crude bodily terms used, and racial slurs.
Having said the negatives about this movie, I have to also give credit to several thought-provoking lines: “Real men stay in a marriage,” “somewhere between our ‘things’ and our ‘stuff’ is us.” There are many references to prayer in this intriguing story, a girl asked two friends to pray for her as she goes to an audition, a young couple about to get married so that the boy won’t have to go to Vietnam, pray in a chapel together, and a Hippie tells two young campaign workers they want to get high so that they will have a closer relationship to God. None of this makes this a Spiritual movie or a religiously-redeeming one, nevertheless I was surprised by the prayer references and enjoyed the decent remarks.
This is the fictionalized story of 22 people living their lives at the time Bobby Kennedy had his eye on the Presidency. The entire movie takes place during the hours before he is shot. Some actual news film footage from that time is included showing the unrest of the 60’s, and the actual shooting and confusion that followed. If you like your movies full of action—this is not the film for you. This is not science fiction, horror, romantic comedy, or anything of the sort. It is voyeurism—peeking through the curtain at people as they deal with their inadequacies, fears, trials, and hopes. You watch them go about their day, not knowing the tragedy that will come that night. I abhor the language Hollywood trashes films with, however, despite the language here, I loved this movie. For anyone who remembers the 60’s, as I do, you will see many familiar images.
Written and directed by Emilio Estevez, son of actor Martin Sheen and brother of Hollywood bad boy Charlie Sheen, it’s obvious to me that Estevez has the lion’s share of talent in the family. The cast is very impressive—credentialed by many movie successes, and their characters are believable and many quite likeable—Estevez himself along with his father Martin Sheern, Lindsay Lohan, Harry Belafonte, William H. Macy, Sharon Stone, Helen Hunt, Demi Moore, Elijah Wood and many others. Shall I go out on a limb here? I predict an Oscar (more than one) for this film when the awards are handed out.
Violence: Mild / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Moderate
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