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
At one point in the film's development, Woody "Allen [was considered that he] could do triple duty as star, director and possibly co-writer if he can arrange for some freedom from his exclusive deal with Orion Pictures" according to Leonard Klady in the 25th June 1989 edition of The Los Angeles Times. Woody Allen turned down the co-starring role of the psychiatrist in this film and did not direct nor co-write it either. See more »
When the Good Morning America crew arrives for filming, the Sigmund Freud bust is on the mantle in the background. When the crew actually begins filming, the bust has been replaced by duck decoy for the full filming sequence. See more »
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I remember watching this movie when I was a small boy back in the mid 90's and thinking how great it was back then. This was a film that I watched all the time with my family and I consider it to be on of my family's personal favorite films. I believe that virtually every family has that small collection of films that they have watched countless times and "What About Bob" is that movie for my family. Along with "National Lampoons Vacation" I can safely say that "What About Bob" has shaped my life because of its genius script and acting methods of both Dreyfuss and Murray. Overall this is a great little gem of a movie that deserves to be watched at least once.
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