Bob Roberts

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In the grand tradition of This Is Spinal Tap and Best in Show, producer/ director/ star Tim Robbins’ Bob Roberts is a satire disguised as a documentary. Robbins plays the titular Roberts, a wealthy, well-connected young man running for a senatorial seat in Pennsylvania. On the surface, Roberts is an ingratiating glad-hander, a sincere believer in the restoration of such intangibles as national pride, family values, etc. But the longer Roberts is followed about by documentary filmmaker Brian Murray, the more we become aware that the candidate is a textbook case of cynicism and contempt. Only Giancarlo Esposito, a tenacious reporter for an underground newspaper, is willing to dig beneath Roberts’ veneer, an act which leads to serious (and seriously ironic) consequences for all involved . Featuring numerous well-known actors/personalities in cameo appearances as TV commentators, including Susan Sarandon, John Cusak, James Spader and Gore Vidal, Bob Roberts is a hilarious and thought-provoking mockumentary that started out as a Tim Robbins-directed short subject for Saturday Night Live, before being expanded into a feature film.