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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, an obsessive-compulsive neurotic, tracks him down during his family vacation.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bob Wiley
... Dr. Leo Marvin
... Fay Marvin
... Siggy Marvin
... Anna Marvin
... Mr. Guttman
Susan Willis ... Mrs. Guttman
Roger Bowen ... Phil
Fran Brill ... Lily
Brian Reddy ... Carswell Fensterwald
... Dr. Tomsky
Melinda Mullins ... Marie Grady
... Betty / Switchboard Operator
Margot Welch ... Gwen / Switchboard Operator
Barbara Andres ... Claire / Dr. Marvin's Secretary
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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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¿Qué tal, Bob?  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,216,334, 19 May 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$63,710,000
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Trivia

Julie Hagerty is only ten years older than Kathryn Erbe, who played her daughter Anna Marvin. See more »

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After Dr Marvin has his breakdown near the end of the movie, the doctor taking care of him in his home believes he has left Leo sedated in the bedroom. He then accompanies Fay, Lily and Bob into the hallway where he gives them instructions. At one point he takes out his prescription pad with the intention of writing, while simultaneously telling them what he intends to prescribe. At the moment the doctor merely touches his pen to the pad, Bob begins to question his choice of medication causing the doctor to pause and reconsider. He then states that Bob may be right and that he would rewrite the prescription. The problem is that he never wrote anything to begin with as the pad is empty as he walks away from them down the hall. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Home Improvement: What About Bob? (1992) See more »

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Singin' in the Rain
Written by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown
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Bill Murray in one of his most endearing roles
16 May 2002 | by 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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