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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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Release Date:

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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Did You Know?


The asylum where Dr. Marvin tries to have Bob committed is actually the Elks National Home in the City Bedford in Bedford County, Virginia. It is locally known because every Christmas the front lawn is lit with thousands of Christmas lights and draws nearly 100,000 spectators from the surrounding areas. 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 »


[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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Spoofed in What About Boob? (1993) See more »


The Brady Bunch Theme
from "The Brady Bunch (1969)"
Music by Frank De Vol
Lyrics by Sherwood Schwartz
Performed by The Brady Bunch
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Bill Murray in one of his most endearing roles
16 May 2002 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

Comedies like this aren't made anymore, simply because the common movie watcher might deem such entertainment boring due to no use of semen or other bathroom humor archetypes. What I especially enjoyed about this film was the interaction between Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfus. It also brings out a question: Does bliss really exist within the confines of personal aggrandizement, or does it exist within the lack of societal pressures? A great little movie which should be watched by all.

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