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With: Harry Belafonte, Joy Bryant, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Brian Geraghty, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Svetlana Metkina, Demi Moore, Freddy Rodríguez, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Sharon Stone, Jacob Vargas, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Elijah Wood
Written by: Emilio Estevez
Directed by: Emilio Estevez
MPAA Rating: R for language, drug content and a scene of violence
Running Time: 120
Date: 09/05/2006

Bobby (2006)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Kennedy Centering

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Emilio Estevez's movie has been called both the best the worst of 2006, but I see it as somewhere in-between. It has a naïve, optimistic nostalgia about its subject, although it doesn't bother to educate us on who Bobby Kennedy was or what he did. It simply states that he could have "saved us all." The main characters, the staff and guests in the Ambassador Hotel on the day of Kennedy's assassination in 1968, drive the film more than its would-be politics, and Estevez shows a fine touch in dealing with them. Sharon Stone as a haggard hotel beautician and Demi Moore as a raspy, alcoholic singer provide several outstanding moments, though other actors are granted equal time. The film even manages a fairly deft look at racial tensions among Mexican kitchen helpers (Freddy Rodriguez plays the most sympathetic). Even if some plots go on a bit long and others veer into self-righteousness, it's a lovely balancing act, and worth a look.

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