Imagine the death of liberal idealism dramatized as a clunky 1970s disaster flick -- that's Bobby, Emilio Estevez's sprawling ensemble piece, an Airport movie with the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy as the central calamity and an all-star cast deployed like multiple George Kennedys. Juggling some 22 main characters on June 4, 1968, in the hours leading up to RFK's shooting at the Ambassador Hotel, ambitious actor-writer-director Estevez means to eulogize the hopes of a nation, showing the night's impact on a group of hotel guests and staff cross-sectioned by age, race, and class. But the movie ends up buried under stifling good intentions and dire execution. As Estevez practically builds the Ambassador a new wing to accommodate his star-studded upstairs-downstairs subplots -- finding vacancies for a self-sacrificing war bride (Lindsay Lohan!), a retired doorman (Anthony Hopkins!), a boozy nightclub singer (Demi Moore!), and even his dad, Martin Sheen, and Helen Hunt as bourgeois second-honeymooners -- his attempt to hit every generational touchstone turns the movie into a docent's tour of '60s discord. All this retrophilia is turned into instant camp by a veritable telethon of celebrity walk-ons -- and that's even before hippie-dippie Ashton Kutcher shows up in meth-addled-Muppet mode.
Director: Emilio Estevez
Writer: Emilio Estevez
Producer: Edward Bass, Michel Litvak and Holly Wiersma
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Sharon Stone, Elijah Wood, Demi Moore, William H. Macy, Lindsay Lohan, Emilio Estevez, Christian Slater, Martin Sheen and Helen Hunt