Geoffrey Kleinman | 06/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie by mistake when I was ten years old. I did not truely understand it. My parents didnt care because it featured Robin Williams, you know Mork. They had no idea of all the sexual content, bewilderment followed and 15 years later were almost forgotten, until I read the book in college. I felt affected by this movie then and when I viewed it recenly, the same feelings were conjured up. I highly recommend this film, its tragic, funny and at times you will laugh at times that seem very very inappropriate. The characters are rich and off-wall."
Beautiful film -- it will stay with you.
KinksRock | New York USA | 12/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are some odd reviews by Amazon customers here. Especially the one that feels that it's okay to spoil the ending for people so they won't make a 90 minute "mistake".Watching this film is no mistake. Neither is watching it again and again and again. It is beautifully acted by all involved. (People forget that this is the film that resurrected Robin Williams after the "Popeye" fiasco; and that his controlled performance was a departure from his usual over-the-top comedy.)While exaggerating how bizarre this world can be (for example, Lithgow's transsexual former football player), it is somehow true to life . . . and it will stay with you.And for God's sake, Lincoln, NE reviewer -- does a film actually have to show a character keel over for the audience to realize that he's dead?"
Read the book instead
Becky Jenkins : ) | Hamilton, OH | 04/22/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
""The World According to Garp" is on my top 5 list of favorite books of all time. It's one of those rare books that makes you laugh out loud, but still really feel the emotion of the characters, and the story really sticks with you. (I made a joke about an Ellen Jamesian just the other day, lol ~ yes, it was a dumb joke that no one else got, but, that's how it goes sometimes :) I was introduced to the book in college, well after the book and the movie were released, but I had never heard of either one. I read the book in just a couple of days ~ I couldn't put it down, and I chatted it up with everyone who would listen. I've re-read it several times since then, and i still think it's terrific. Naturally, when i found out there was already a movie . . . I was thrilled! I ordered it right away . . . but i wish i'd never wasted my money. On it's own, the movie might be alirght. But when you're invested in the book, when you know the characters, Robin Williams just isn't Garp. I love Robin Williams, he's a great comedian, that's not a question. I just think that the casting for this part was way off base. and if you can't believe the main character, the rest of it's crap. If you've never read the book, I highly recommend it!!"