He had everything and wanted nothing. He learned that he had nothing and wanted everything. He saved the world and then it shattered. The path to enlightenment is as sharp and narrow as a razor's edge.
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
Robin Williams was the first choice for the role of Bob Wiley, as he had just starred in an Oscar nominated performance two years earlier in screenwriter Tom Schulman's Dead Poets Society (1989), also distributed by Touchstone Pictures. However at the time filming was to begin for this movie, Williams had just barely finished filming The Fisher King (1991), and he was forced to turn down the role. Williams and Charlie Korsmo, who plays Richard Dreyfus's son in this movie would go on to star in Steven Spielberg's Hook later in 1991. See more »
When Bob first arrives in NH he's wearing a tan jacket. But after the Good Morning America interview he's wearing a blue jacket. See more »
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This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. And I've seen it MANY times. Still makes me laugh out loud. I was surprised when it didn't make AFI's top 100 funniest movies list. I can't believe it only has a 6.4 . It should be much much higher. It is simply hilarious.
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