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By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Moving ensemble drama, but not an RFK biopic.

Movie R 2006 120 minutes
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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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 16, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: April 10, 2007
  • Cast: Anthony Hopkins , Elijah Wood , Lindsay Lohan
  • Director: Emilio Estevez
  • Inclusion Information: Latino directors, Female actors
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language, drug content and a scene of violence.
  • Last updated: February 24, 2022

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