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What About Bob?
What About Bob
Actors: Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Julie Hagerty, Charlie Korsmo, Kathryn Erbe
Director: Frank Oz
Genres: Comedy
PG     2000     1hr 39min

Comic wizard Bill Murray (CRADLE WILL ROCK, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS) teams up with Academy Award(R)-winner Richard Dreyfuss teams up with (Best Actor, 1978, THE GOODBYE GIRL) in an outrageously wild comedy that's sure to driv...  more »

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Actors: Bill Murray, Richard Dreyfuss, Julie Hagerty, Charlie Korsmo, Kathryn Erbe
Director: Frank Oz
Creators: Michael Ballhaus, Anne V. Coates, Bernard Williams, Laura Ziskin, Alvin Sargent, Tom Schulman
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Bill Murray
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/11/2000
Original Release Date: 05/17/1991
Theatrical Release Date: 05/17/1991
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 7
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 9/23/2022...
Fun and then repetitious and not so fun.
Sharon F. (Shar) from AVON PARK, FL
Reviewed on 3/30/2021...
This is one of the classics in comedy, in my opinion. Very funny movie, with excellent acting from both Murray and Dreyfuss.
Stacy P. from COLUMBIA STA, OH
Reviewed on 7/10/2017...
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 6/6/2016...
Bill Murray is so funny he sometimes tends to be a bit "over the top" yet his antics never fail to make me laugh out loud! He is one pathetic mental patient that goes through shrinks over and over again. Now with Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss) he finally met his match when following along on their family vacation to a beautiful lakeside cabin. Practically the entire neighboring towns folk as well as doc's whole family are on Bob's side making vacation for the doc very amusing to say the least.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

"Is this a radical new form of therapy?"
Mr. Fisher | Nevada | 06/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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. Marvin sinks into a state of irrational hatred toward his new patient. Eventually Bob shows evidence of progress as Dr. Marvin displays signs of regress.
Even though the movie is a great comedy, it is truly a psychology film. It takes a neurotic, crazy man--Bob Wiley--and puts him into a setting he doesn't belong in, and he improves. On the flip side it takes a successful, sane man--Dr. Marvin--and places him into situations he doesn't want, and he deteriorates. The irony is the patient becomes sane as the doctor turns insane. It's a very clever concept by Oz and it should be applauded, because it makes the movie very funny.
No doubt that the film succeeds in its comic aim and ironic formulas, while sending a distinct message that it's all right not to be entirely sane and serious. Bob Wiley is the perfect, likeable looney while Dr. Marvin is the serious stiff that we all want to see lighten up a tad.
The movie is rated "PG," with hardly any offensive elements. There is no sex, no nudity, no violence (although hints of killing is mentioned), and mild language. A joke that Bob tells has a crude reference, but it's nothing to shutter from. The film is quite clean in an age of film-making that has been anything but.
In summary, "What About Bob?" is the perfect family comedy. It is light-hearted, genuine, and funny for everyone. If any criticism could be applied is that it is simply not long enough and goes by too fast. To say the least, it's a gem worthy of praise and laughs."
What About Bob
gotstuff | 01/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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)!"
"Gimme, gimme, gimme, I need, I need, I need!!!"
Stephanie Silva | Urban Los Angeles | 07/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

""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."