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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
RFK is remembered as a moral beacon; fictionalized characters deal drugs, commit adultery, argue over race/class inequities, racism, and politics; references to political "dirty tricks" an assassin shoots and kills RFK.
Violence & Scariness
Bobby Kennedy's assassination is re-enacted, with bloody results; other characters are also shot and collapse, gasping and bleed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
An adulterous liaison in a hotel room (embracing and kissing, then the door shuts); post-sex scene shows a man apologetic (presumably for his "performance") and a woman upset; brief, romantic sex scene between a young couple; characters (male and female) appear in their underwear; a young man appears naked during LSD trip (bottom visible).
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Several uses of "f--k" (15+), plus the n-word and other language ("s--t," "hell," "son of a bitch," "damn," "ass," "Steppin Fetchit motherf--er").
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of cigarette smoking and liquor drinking (several characters are drunk), also drug use (marijuana and LSD, which results in a "trip" represented in comic images of driving, flying, laughing).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this drama might spark some good conversations with older kids, it's probably not all that likely to interest them. A nostalgic recollection of 1968, its ensemble cast and "social problems" theme have earned it comparisons to Crash. It culminates in a distressing reenactment of Robert Kennedy's assassination, incorporating archival footage as well as graphic images of other shooting victims and the chaos caused by the event. A brief sex scene alludes to an adulterous affair; a second sex scene represents young, idealistic romance. Frequent smoking and drinking throughout the film, plus drug use (one character appears naked during an LSD trip). Language includes several uses of "f--k," plus the "N" word and discussion of racism against black and Latino communities. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Bobby looks back with sadness and frustration, drawing clear connections to current events (the war in Iraq, troubled elections, continuing racial tensions). But it also offers resilient, even stubborn hope. If only we could remember the promise of 1968, Bobby proposes, we might find ourselves again. As the stories overlap and characters occasionally collide, director Emilio Estevez's very sincere, liberal-leaning, and occasionally flat-footed movie remembers RFK with reverence, feeling nostalgia for a promise unfulfilled.
While the many storylines vary in effectiveness and predictability, the finale -- Kennedy's arrival the hotel and the violence that follows -- is undeniably moving (even if the use of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence" is decidedly heavy-handed). As the crowd gathered in the ballroom sees all too plainly, hopes abruptly run up against disappointment.
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