Bob Roberts

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  • Comedy
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Bob Roberts (Robbins, in his first film as writer/director) is a senatorial candidate in Pennsylvania in 1990. As a successful folk-singer, he knows how to use easy sentiment and emotive words to win support for his reactionary manifesto; as a self-made millionaire who took against a '60s childhood spent in a hippy commune, he is the living embodiment of the materialistic message he preaches; and he knows how to conduct a ruthless smear campaign against his rival, incumbent Democrat Senator Paiste (Vidal). Presenting itself as a documentary, Bob Roberts is not merely a satirical fictional biopic, but a wry exploration of the relationship between political reality and manufactured image, showing how far contemporary politics has been reduced by the media to the level of easy-to-handle entertainment. It does have flaws, but its confidence and courage in going against the grain of an increasingly conservative America are impressive.

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Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Tim Robbins
Screenwriter: Tim Robbins
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This movie would be good if the main character was portrayed as a slimy liberal democrat, because the tactics used are used by liberals much more than by conservatives. Of course, with Tim Robbins at the helm, what can you expect?