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What About Bob? (1991)

Bill Murray , Richard Dreyfuss , Frank Oz  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (599 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Julie Hagerty, Charlie Korsmo, Kathryn Erbe
  • Directors: Frank Oz
  • Writers: Tom Schulman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, Letterboxed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 11, 2000
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (599 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RJ73
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "What About Bob?" on IMDb

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Comic wizard Bill Murray (CRADLE WILL ROCK, RUSHMORE) teams up with Academy Award(R)-winner Richard Dreyfuss teams up with (Best Actor, 1978, THE GOODBYE GIRL; MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS) in an outrageously wild comedy that's sure to drive you off the deep end! Murray plays Bob Wiley, a troubled but lovable therapy patient who fears everything! After seeking help from noted psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin (Dreyfuss), Bob feels revived. But when the good doctor skips town to go on a quiet family vacation, Bob, afraid of being alone, follows -- showing up unexpectedly at the therapist's lakeside retreat. That's when the fun really begins! Bob innocently becomes the houseguest who just won't leave -- endearing himself to the other family members ... and, in the end, driving the stressed-out shrink absolutely crazy!

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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Is this a radical new form of therapy?" June 25, 2006
Masterfully directed by Frank Oz, this comedy is one of the brightest spots in a long line of tasteless 90's comedies. In an era where comedies are dominated by sex, crudity, and horrid language, "What About Bob?" is a breath of fresh air. The comedy is a harmless and sinless masterpiece of irony with chuckles. The head-scratching, laugh-at-loud compulsive mannerisms combined with symptoms of paranoia from patient Bob Wiley (B. Murray) pushes this film to the top of clean comedies. Bob has issues. Bob is afraid to touch things without a handkerchief. Bob is afraid of crowds. Bob has fears of his bladder exploding. Bob is afraid of anything and everything outside his apartment. But Bob finds hope in a new and famous psychiatrist named Dr. Leo Marvin (R. Dreyfuss). Dr. Marvin is at the pinacole of his career with his new best selling help-book that has earned him fame. When Dr. Marvin takes Bob on as his client, he has no idea what he's getting himself into.

Bob goes bananas when his new doctor, Leo Marvin, decides to go on vacation and will not be available to treat Bob for a whole month. Desperate for his doctor, Bob tracks Dr. Marvin down. The relaxing Leo Marvin has his vacation interrupted and imposed upon by a friend-seeking Bob Wiley, who wants to enjoy Dr. Marvin's vacation time with him. Dr. Marvin, shocked by Bob's behavior, is unable to convince Bob to leave. Before Dr. Marvin can begin to realize that Bob has latched onto him, Bob is aleady befriending Dr. Marvin's entire household; which includes his wife (J. Hagerty) and son (C. Korsmo) and daughter. Resentment and jealousy become evident in Dr. Marvin as his growing frustration with Bob intensifies. As Bob grows more popular with everyone, Dr.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Gimme, gimme, gimme, I need, I need, I need!!!" July 21, 2001
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"Hello, I'm Bob. Would you knock me out, please?" To paraphrase Bob on Neil Diamond, there are two types of people in this world -- those who like What About Bob and those who don't. It's such a shame comedies never really win oscars -- especially for absolutely priceless Richard Dreyfuss here. (It's a toss up between this and Groundhog Day for Bill Murray's best.) Human crazy glue patient Murray and "Baby Steps" author/psychoanalyst Dreyfuss and his "fam" trying to take a vacation -- "just me and the family and my book" -- years since its release, I still sometimes leave What About Bob running as background priceless comic relief and it's still Dreyfuss who leaves me sore and speechless. (It does get a little bit weak at the end, but the flying bust of Freud pretty much makes up for that.) The memorable quotes are nonstop. "That patient Bob committed suicide. Oh, well, let's not let it spoil our vacation." Perfect "who's the crazy one?" writing, beyond perfect comic timing and acting, perfect silly soundtrack -- near perfect casting including Julie Hagerty as the dangerously naive wife whose blouse is the same fabric as the couch and the bus driver "Wing" ("You think you can do it today, Bob? We have a baby schedule to keep."). "I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful." There should be midnight showings ala Rocky Horror of What About Bob. Not to be missed, sometimes not to be taken out of the VCR.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece from Frank Oz May 6, 2006
What a great comedy this is! I had watched it in 1995 and I laughed a lot. Recently I bought the DVD to watch it again with my family. And sure enough we laughed to the point that our stomachs were acking.

A nice surprise was to notice that Frank Oz is the director of this movie as well. He has also done the dirty rotten scoundrels, a movie I have in my top 5. What is common in these two movies, is for sure, the great locations both of them are filmed, as well as the chemistry between the protagonists. Also the soundrtract of this two movies is very similar.

During the movie is amazing how your compassion shifts from Bill Murray to Richard Dreyfuss and vice versa. At the end of course Richard Dreifuss is to be pitied. Admitedly in the beginning what takes place in New York can make you think is a so and so comedy but when the action moves at the country house of the octor then the movie becomes a masterpiece.

A very entertaining movie with great laughs where my favorite moments are when everybody recognizes Bill Murray from his appearence to Good Morning America whereas Richard Dreyfuss who sit just next to him passes completly unnoticed.

I am sure that this is by far the best movie of Bill Murray (not of Frank Oz though I believe Dirty rotten scoundrels are much better with better comic climaxes is ALL the scenes). Great movie for family entairtainment and a good movie to suggest to your friends. Be prepared to laugh a lot.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What About Bob January 12, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Funny, funny,funny! I laughed all the way through this movie! The chemistry between annoying but lovable patient "Bob," (Bill Murray), and the extremely uptight Dr. Leo Marvin, (Richard Dryfuss), is pure perfection! The writing is excellent, as is the casting. This movie is a classic; one you can watch over and over and over - and still find the line: "There are two types of people in the world - those who LIKE Neil Diamond, and those who don't" as hysterical as the very first time you heard it! (I just wish this movie would come out on DVD)!
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