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What About Bob? (1991)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  17 May 1991 (USA)
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A successful psychotherapist loses his mind after one of his most dependent patients, a manipulative, obsessively compulsive narcissist, tracks him down during his family vacation.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Willis ...
Roger Bowen ...
Fran Brill ...
Brian Reddy ...
Doris Belack ...
Dr. Catherine Tomsky
Melinda Mullins ...
Marie Grady
Marcella Lowery ...
Betty, Switchboard Operator
Margot Welch ...
Gwen, Switchboard Operator
Barbara Andres ...
Claire, Dr. Marvin's Secretary


Doctor Leo Marvin, an egotistical psychotherapist in New York City, is looking forward to his forthcoming appearance on a "Good Morning America" telecast, during which he plans to brag about "Baby Steps," his new book about emotional disorder theories in which he details his philosophy of treating patients and their phobias. Meanwhile, Bob Wiley is a recluse who is so afraid to leave his own apartment that he has to talk himself out the door. When Bob is pawned off on Leo by a psychotherapist colleague, Bob becomes attached to Leo. Leo finds Bob extremely annoying. When Leo accompanies his wife Fay, his daughter Anna, and his son Siggy to a peaceful New Hampshire lakeside cottage for a month-long vacation, Leo thinks he's been freed from Bob. Leo expects to mesmerize his family with his prowess as a brilliant husband and remarkable father who knows all there is to know about instructing his wife and raising his kids. But Bob isn't going to let Leo enjoy a quiet summer by the lake. By ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Bob's a special kind of friend. The kind that drives you crazy!




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17 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

¿Qué tal, Bob?  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)


$63,710,000 (USA)

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The slogan on Bob Wiley (Bill Murray)'s yellow and light-blue t-shirt read: "DON'T HASSLE ME I'M LOCAL". See more »


Gil the goldfish changes species throughout the film. See more »


[first lines]
Bob Wiley: I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful... I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful... I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful...
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Great comedy
28 September 2010 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

l wasn't sure if I wanted to give this movie 7 or 8 points till seeing the last 20 minutes. There Richard Dreyfuss has been in full cry. I needed to laugh so hard, that I am forced to give this movie 8 points. As a movie itself, if I use all criteria I use on other films, this movie would not deserve 8 points. The story is predictable (I knew exactly how it was going to end from the very beginning), camera work, music and characters are not actually special. All has been there before, and was copied again and again afterward. But as a comedy, this movie totally did what it was supposed to do. It was absolutely hilarious!

Sometimes the humor was a bit too silly, and Bill Murray has been overdoing it from time to time - and I still needed to laugh my butt off. Watching the way smaller Dreyfuss beside the tall, dumb looking Bill, screaming and shouting like an angry dwarf, was a way too funny image.

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Bob is sane, and Leo is crazy...from the beginning. keenvj
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