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
In subsequent interviews, Dreyfuss reiterated what he said of his experience working with Murray. He further alleged in 2019 that at one point during the production, Murray screamed at him while intoxicated, telling him "Everyone hates you! You are tolerated!" and then threw an ashtray at him. Murray, on the other hand, later stated when he guest appeared on The Howard Stern Show in 2014, "I really try to make the other actor look good whenever I can...I try to make the other person look good. In this particular film, annoying Dreyfuss, which I kind of got to enjoy I gotta confess--but I didn't try to annoy him off the screen." Producer Laura Ziskin recalled having a disagreement with Murray which led him to toss her into a lake. Ziskin confirmed in 2003, "Bill also threatened to throw me across the parking lot and then broke my sunglasses and threw them across the parking lot. I was furious and outraged at the time, but having produced a dozen movies, I can safely say it is not common behavior." See more »
In widescreen versions, the Steadicam operator is reflected in the window of the general store. See more »
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When aired on Showtime Family in April, 2018 a line of dialogue was deleted. When Bob goes to Dr. Marvin's lake home, for the first time, he senses that Dr. Marvin is angry and upset. Dr. Marvin's line, "Problems don't go away just because I do." has been cut. See more »
What About Bob features very entertaining performances from both Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss, but I can't help but sympathize with Dr. Leo Marvin. After all, an unstable patient he barely met is entering his home, but everyone else acts as if it's totally fine. It stressed me out a bit. Nevertheless, I was still able to laugh at the absurdity of it all.
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