Writer-director-star Tim Robbins’ pseudo-documentary on the rise of a billionaire right-wing folk singer (Bob Dylan meets Ross Perot) was probably a brave gesture in the age of Rush Limbaugh, but it’s not very good. Despite the clever premise and some sensational acting, Bob Roberts is less a movie than an extended lecture. This laserdisc version’s supplements are similarly a mixed bag. On the one hand, it has some deleted scenes and the 1986 Saturday Night Live sketch in which Robbins introduced Roberts. On the other, Robbins’ second-audio-channel commentary offers little beyond the usual so-and-so-did-a-heck-of-a-job platitudes. Apparently, making the movie left him with little else to say. B-
Genre: Drama, Comedy; Starring: Tim Robbins, John Cusack, Giancarlo Esposito, Peter Gallagher, Helen Hunt, Alan Rickman, Susan Sarandon, James Spader, David Strathairn, Gore Vidal; Director: Tim Robbins; Author: Tim Robbins; MPAA Rating: R
Posted January 17 2015 — 2:22 PM EST
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