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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

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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Storyline

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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17 May 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

¿Qué tal, Bob?  »

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Budget:

$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

The asylum where Dr. Marvin tries to have Bob committed, is actually the Elks' National Home in the City of 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 »

Goofs

When the Good Morning America crew arrives for filming, the Sigmund Freud bust is on the mantle in the background. When the crew actually begins filming, the bust has been replaced by duck decoy for the full filming sequence.

The film crew is shown trying to decide exactly where and how to shoot the sequence. The shot then follows Bob and Leo outside while the film crew is setting up. It's not unreasonable to think that the crew would move things around to appease their own aesthetic (switching the bust for the duck). They were given plenty of time to do it in (20 seconds of screen time plus however long during the cut). See more »

Quotes

[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 New Girl: What About Fred (2016) See more »

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Singin' in the Rain
Written by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown
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Hilarious!
13 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

I loved this movie. I am sure most people would disagree with me but I would probably put it in my list of the ten best comedies I have ever seen, all time.

This is Bill Murray's best work since Ghostbusters, at least as far as comedy goes. I also liked him in Broken Flowers and Lost in Translation but those were more dramatic roles.

I loved the way that Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss played off of each other. I don't want to say too much or I'll give away what happens between them through the movie but I thought they did a fantastic job at creating comedic moments. The scenes where Bob horned in on Leo's family moments and right into their home were incredible. I laughed out loud through the entire movie. And it's a good family movie anyone can enjoy.

Ten out of ten from me.


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