MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,442 this week

Bob and the Monster (2011)

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 138 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 10 critic

Six years in the making, this documentary film follows outspoken indie-rock hero Bob Forrest, through his life-threatening struggle with addiction, to his transformation into one of the ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(story)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 36 titles
created 29 Apr 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 08 Oct 2012
 
a list of 391 titles
created 25 Jan 2013
 
a list of 151 titles
created 01 Jul 2013
 
a list of 187 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Bob and the Monster (2011)

Bob and the Monster (2011) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Bob and the Monster.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A documentary focusing on the life of dot-com entrepreneur Josh Harris, and his exploits over the last decade.

Director: Ondi Timoner
Stars: Josh Harris, Tom Harris, Carlos Alvarez
Sunset Strip (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A documentary on the famous Los Angeles street.

Director: Hans Fjellestad
Stars: Cisco Adler, Lou Adler, Ahmed Ahmed
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

The Malay Chronicles: Bloodlines (released in Malaysia as "Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa") is an adventure feature film set against the backdrop of ancient Malay, Roman and Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Yusry Abd Halim
Stars: Stephen Rahman Hughes, Gavin Stenhouse, Jing Lusi
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Eight of the world's best pro-skateboarders prepare for the upcoming Street League Championship in NYC. Each equally talented, they all must overcome unique challenges - family pressures, ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Bhala Lough
Stars: Felix Arguelles, Steve Berra, Chris Cole
Burt's Buzz (2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A look at the world of Burt Shavitz, the face and co-founder of Burt's Bees.

Director: Jody Shapiro
Stars: Burt Shavitz
Meth Head (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Kyle Peoples never wanted to be the man he has become in his 30s, an accountant stuck in a dead end job, with a lover who is more successful than he and a family that doesn't get him at all... See full summary »

Director: Jane Clark
Stars: Lukas Haas, Blake Berris, Necar Zadegan
Rosewood Lane (2011)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

When radio talk show psychiatrist, Dr. Sonny Blake, moves back to her hometown, she takes notice of her neighborhood paper boy's unusual behavior.

Director: Victor Salva
Stars: Rose McGowan, Lin Shaye, Bill Fagerbakke
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A look at the life of activist, musician, and cultural icon Kathleen Hanna, who formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the "riot grrrl" movement of the 1990s.

Director: Sini Anderson
Stars: Kathleen Hanna, Carrie Brownstein, Kim Gordon
Stuff (TV Short 1993)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Short about the life of John Frusciante.

Director: Johnny Depp
Stars: John Frusciante, Timothy Leary
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
David Adelson ...
Himself
Steven Adler ...
Himself
Eric Avery ...
Himself
...
Herself
Chris Carey ...
Himself
Anne D'Agnillo ...
Herself
Dix Denney ...
Himself
...
Himself
Bob Forrest ...
Himself
Elijah Forrest ...
Himself
Frenchie ...
Himself
...
Himself
Brett Gurewitz ...
Himself
Gibby Haynes ...
Himself
...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

Six years in the making, this documentary film follows outspoken indie-rock hero Bob Forrest, through his life-threatening struggle with addiction, to his transformation into one of the most influential and controversial drug counselors in the US today. BOB AND THE MONSTER crafts contemporary footage, animation and compelling interviews with archival performances and personal videos from Bob's past to reveal the complex layers of this troubled, but hopeful soul. Testimony from his peers, including Courtney Love, Anthony Kiedis and Flea add texture, but it's the depth of Bob's music, interwoven throughout the film, that illuminates this unforgettable and inspirational story. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 September 2013 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Worthwhile and inspiring
10 April 2014 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Often inspiring biographical documentary about Bob Forrest, lead singer and songwriter for the late 80s LA critical darling Thelonius Monster and his battle with addiction, leading him to become an outspoken and passionate advocate for helping get people off drugs.

It's good to see a drugs and rock 'n' roll documentary that shows someone surviving, coming out the other side, and not only learning from his plunge, but using his knowledge of suffering to help others, There's some real inventiveness amidst the talking heads: animation, both claymation and line drawings help flesh out Bob's experiences. Interviews with Bob's friends and band mates from the late 80s L. A. inde rock/punk scene including Flea, Anthony Kiedis, Courtney Love let us in to both Bob's bravery, and what a total jerk he was when drugs and anger ruled his life.

Yet, for all it's power, there's something a little too neat about the documentary. Or maybe it's that it tries to cover too much – Bob's whole musical career from the very start, his slow rise to rock semi-stardom to his collapse into selling out, his childhood, the whole arc of his drug addiction, from his obsession to the idea of drugs as a depressed young guy, to working as a dishwasher when he was finally trying to get clean, and then his whole life post drugs, from being lost in the wilderness, to discovering his voice as a drug counselor and advocate, and re-discovering his love of playing music, not to be a star, but for the joy of it. That's a lot to jam into an 87 minute documentary, and sometimes it feels like important details are being skipped over. It can also fall into making Bob too much of a saint, there's sort of a fan- boy air to it, For all those around him being willing to talk about how awful Bob was at his addicted low, there's a little too much of the hagiography to the current version of Bob, a man I suspect is still more complex, maybe even difficult than the film lets on.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
When available to buy? AfterShare
Can't wait ilstabila
Celebrity Rehab chris-mayne-1
Discuss Bob and the Monster (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page