Release Date: November 17, 2006
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, William H.
Macy, Sharon Stone, Freddy
Rodriguez, Demi Moore, Ashton
Kutcher, Emilio Estevez,
Laurence Fishburne, Martin
Sheen, Christian Slater, Nick
Cannon, Helen Hunt, Joshua
Jackson, Heather Graham, Joy
Bryant, Shia LeBeouf, Lindsay
Lohan, Elijah Wood, Harry
Belafonte, and Brian Geraghty
Genre: Historical Drama
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 111 minutes
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Director: Emilio Estevez
Executive Producer: Gary Michael Walters, Dan
Grodnik and Anthony Hopkins
Producer: Edward Bass, Michael Litvak
and Holly Wiersma
Writer: Emilio Estevez
Address Comments To:Bob and Harvey Weinstein
The Weinstein Company
345 Hudson Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10014
Phone: (646) 862-3400
Fax: (917) 368-7000
The movie focuses on the day of the assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. California Primary voters are deciding between Kennedy and another liberal candidate, Eugene McCarthy, who forced President Lyndon B. Johnson out of the Presidential race earlier in 1968. Of course, the charismatic Kennedy, ever the opportunist, saw his chance and joined the race after McCarthy had laid the political groundwork for challenging Johnson.
Rather than just concentrating on Kennedy and his campaign staff, the movie also zeroes in on a multitude of fictional characters, including an alcoholic singer, her husband, the hotel manager, the manager's wife who works in the hotel beauty salon, the manager's mistress, the manager's white racist assistant, two Latino busboys, a black female telephone operator, a business executive and his artistic wife, a retired hotel doorman played by Anthony Hopkins, etc. Besides Hopkins, the movie also features William H. Macy, Sharon Stone, Freddy Rodriguez, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Laurence Fishburne, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Nick Cannon, Helen Hunt, Shia LeBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, and Elijah Wood, among others.
There are just far too many characters in this movie. Thus, the first half of BOBBY is a bit dull, and the movie doesn't pick up until everyone starts to gather to hear the primary results, and Kennedy is about to make his appearance in the hotel. That said, despite the tragedy that occurs, the movie ultimately inspires the viewer as the crowd of characters comes together to mourn the mortally wounded Kennedy and give comfort to one another. Meanwhile, over the soundtrack viewers hear Kennedy giving his famous speech against violence and hatred the day after Martin Luther King's assassination.
Although the ending is inspiring and contains some positive Christian references, the words of Kennedy are, in the final analysis, empty political platitudes about love and compassion. The filmmakers are obviously trying to fight the political and social cynicism of America today by citing Kennedy's emotional delivery. Kennedy's words as portrayed here, however, are ultimately empty, for four reasons.
First, they are utopian and, hence, unworkable. Second, they reflect a false Romantic worldview which teaches that human beings are inherently good instead of inherently evil and sinful as the Bible, the Word of God, teaches, and as the facts of history and psychological studies of human beings clearly show. Third, though they are emotionally compelling, they offer no solutions as to how Kennedy proposes to accomplish his plea for compassion, love and peace. Fourth, Kennedy's words at the end don't focus on Jesus Christ, who is the only person who can truly bring compassion, love and peace into our hearts through His vicarious atonement and triumphant resurrection.
BOBBY also contains plenty of foul language, including some "f" words, and some references to sexual immorality. The movie doesn't rebuke this profane content strongly enough. And, it makes light of three characters use of illegal drugs, including marijuana and LSD. Finally, despite some positive Christian and moral elements, the movie includes lots of politically correct content. For example, it supports illegal immigration, reverse racism, multiculturalism, and the radical Marxist politics of the street demonstrators in the 1960s. Thus, the movie's Romantic worldview gives far too much support to the Marxist cultural theories at the time which have destroyed the moral integrity of the Civil Rights Movement and liberalism.
All in all, therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® believes BOBBY will lead many people astray, morally, politically and theologically. Please don't let your family, friends, children, church, or country be fooled by this movie's false Romantic, Neo-Marxist liberal ideology and emotional compelling, but ultimately empty and hence shallow, rhetoric.
There are just far too many characters in this movie. This makes for boring viewing at first, but the movie picks up in the second half. The ending is inspiring and contains some positive Christian references. But, real speeches from Bobby Kennedy in the movie contain only vague platitudes. BOBBY preaches a strong Romantic, liberal worldview with strong politically correct attitudes. It also has too much foul language and makes light of drug use.