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
Three minor cast members in this film have appeared on PBS children's shows: Marcella Lowery (Ghostwriter), Reg E. Cathey (Square One TV) and Fran Brill (Sesame Street and Reading Rainbow). Director Frank Oz himself was a member of Jim Henson's team of Muppeteers on PBS' Sesame Street, operating and voicing such beloved characters as Cookie Monster, Bert, and Grover (among many others). See more »
When Bob goes to sleep, there was no alarm clock. However, when Leo comes to wake up Bob next morning, an alarm clock is prominently made visible (showing time as 6). 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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