This sounds like the sort of premise someone from the cast of Saturday Night Live might have tried--it's easy to imagine Billy Crystal or Dana Carvey in a slapstick version of this same story. But what's impressive about Bobby Roos is that it's not slapstick; except when Bobby's on stage, it's not even very funny. Shot on digital video and improvised on camera, the movie is a daring tour de force for director John Feldman and actor Roger Kabler (who previously worked together on the low-budget thriller “Alligator Eyes”). It borrows liberally from Kabler's real experiences as an impressionist, even working in clips of his actual appearances on talk shows while out promoting his short-lived sitcom "Rhythm and Blues."
The rest of the cast--including Iris Paldiel as Emily, and Kabler's father, Mel, who plays Bobby's father in a moving scene--also do fine work, but this is Kabler's show, and he makes the most of it. “Who the Hell is Bobby Roos?” is the sort of project that justifies the digital video revolution: It would benefit from the immediacy of videoeven if it wasn't too idiosyncratic for mainstream Hollywood backing. Starring Roger Kabler, Annabelle Larson and Iris Paldiel. Directed by John Feldman. Produced by John Feldman and Roger Kabler. No distributor set. Drama/Comedy. Not yet rated. Running time: 93 min.