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In this comedy about a doctor-patient relationship pushed way beyond the office, Bill Murray plays Bob Wiley, a neurotic New Yorker struggling with a whirlwind of paralyzing phobias. When an exasperated colleague pawns the handful off on Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss), the psychologist has no idea his last appointment will follow him north to New Hampshire on a month's vacation. Bob takes to Dr. Marvin's latest book like no therapy before it, so the well-meaning pest tracks Marvin down at his lakeside summer ...
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In this comedy about a doctor-patient relationship pushed way beyond the office, Bill Murray plays Bob Wiley, a neurotic New Yorker struggling with a whirlwind of paralyzing phobias. When an exasperated colleague pawns the handful off on Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss), the psychologist has no idea his last appointment will follow him north to New Hampshire on a month's vacation. Bob takes to Dr. Marvin's latest book like no therapy before it, so the well-meaning pest tracks Marvin down at his lakeside summer home to further discuss his problems. But Marvin, preparing for an interview on Good Morning America and a few weeks of R and R, views Bob's stalking as highly inappropriate, and demands he return to New York. But Bob can't take even the strongest hint, and sets up camp with a neighbor to indulge in his own "vacation" -- from his problems. Meanwhile, Marvin's son Sigmund (Charlie Korsmo), daughter Anna (Catherine Erbe), and wife Fay (Julie Hagerty) take to Bob's loopy charm, which Marvin views as an irritating threat. Marvin's temperature rises as Bob insinuates his way into the family, helping Sigmund learn to dive and counseling the previously ignored Anna. As Bob's stock continues to rise, and his to plummet, Marvin becomes increasingly unhinged as the minutes tick down to the interview. ~ Derek Armstrong
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Consternation is Richard Dreyfuss' best comic emotion, and he gets to act out quite a bit of it courtesy of Bill Murray in the Frank Oz comedy What About Bob? Dreyfuss' Dr. Leo Marvin is a callous, self-absorbed S.O.B. -- when his wife (Julie Hagerty) asks why he's so hostile towards Bob, it's telling that he responds "Because he's a patient." Even so, his character is in the right, because Bob is intensely annoying as played by Murray, who chews much scenery in channeling his Carl Spackler role from Caddyshack, lazy-lipped slurring and all. The fact that the audience is supposed to relish Marvin's frustrations, and join the chorus of hurrahs for Bob, is a little disorienting, because it puts them in the wrong shoes. Nonetheless, it's possible to sympathize with the shrink's dilemma while still laughing at the ways a clueless patient can unwittingly invade his life. That the doctor achieves unprecedented success with the patient is all the more ironic, because it would massage his massive ego if it weren't such an intolerable disruption to his vacation. Screenwriters Alvin Sargent, Tom Schulman, and Laura Ziskin do take things a bit far out of the realm of belief by the end, which is just one of the factors -- another being not enough belly laughs -- that keep this from becoming one of Murray's undisputed classics. Dreyfuss' performance is the more positively memorable; when he mangles the command "Get out of the car!" into rushed gibberish, boiling over as only Dreyfuss can, it's priceless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/1994
  • UPC: 717951224033
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: Touchstone / Disney
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Murray Bob Wiley
Richard Dreyfuss Dr. Leo Marvin
Julie Hagerty Fay Marvin
Charlie Korsmo Siggy Marvin
Kathryn Erbe Anna Marvin
Tom Aldredge Mr. Guttman
Susan Willis Mrs. Guttman
Roger Bowen Phil
Fran Brill Lily
Barbara Andres Claire, Doctor Marvin's Secretary
Charles Thomas Baxter Nursing Home Guard
Doris Belack Dr. Tomsky
Russell Bobbitt TV Crew Member
Reg E. Cathey Howie, Director
Lori Tan Chinn Bus Driver
Richard Fancy Minister
Donald Lee Nursing Home Attendant
Marcella Lowery Betty, Switchboard Operator
Joan Lunden Herself
Melinda Mullins Marie Grady
Cortez Nance Jr. Lobby Doorman
Brian Reddy Carswell Fensterwald
Stuart Rudin Crazy Man in New York Street
Dennis Scott Motorcycle Cop
Tom Stechschulte Lennie, Producer
Aida Turturro Prostitute
Margot Welch Gwen, Switchboard Operator
Technical Credits
Frank Oz Director
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Jack Blackman Art Director
Anne V. Coates Editor
Leslie Dilley Production Designer
Miles Goodman Score Composer
Anne Kuljian Set Decoration/Design
Matthew Mungle Makeup
Bernie Pollack Costumes/Costume Designer
Alvin Sargent Screenwriter
Tom Schulman Screenwriter
Bernard Williams Co-producer
Laura Ziskin Producer, Screenwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hilarious

    What About Bob is so funny. Bill Murray is such a great actor. To Richard Dreyfuss's character, Bill Murray does a great job at portrays that one person in your life that you absolutely cannot get along with; and sometimes that person is loved by everyone else. It definitely is an uplifting movie, and is likely to get most people out of minor depression. My family and I first saw it when it came out, and we still quote it even if we go without seeing it for a few years. There's a lot of swearing, but the comedy is classic, so I'd recommend this movie to anyone. Have fun viewing!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    what about bob movie

    good acting by all especially bill murray and richard dreyfuss. everyone needs a good laugh and this movie will do just that..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I can relate to this movie

    I have to say What about Bob is one of those movies where a patient drives his Pyscitrust crazy He drives him so crazy that The doctor hates Bob but the rest of the family loves Bob I guess I can realate to Bob I suffer from Ocd and me and my mom fight sometimes i Drive her crazy like Bob does to Dr. Leo Marvin Richard Dreyfuss does a great job in this movie I remember when he did the movie Stakeout and Another Stakeout and Bill Murry does a great job as Bob in the movie Basically this is about a patient driving his poor doctor insane To the Coo Coo's Nest!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Comedy Classic!

    This is probably Richard Dreyfuss' best comic role ever, and certainly one of Bill Murray's best. The first time I saw it in the theater I had stomach spasms from laughing so hard and for such a long time. This is a classic role reversal comedy and one that works on several levels. Frank Oz's direction is also excellent. A true classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the funniest

    I didn't see what the other reviewer saw as so crass... This movie (except one scene with a few questionable names) is pretty tame. Not to mention one of the funniest movies ever made. Bill Murray is excellent!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great movie!

    Oh Ben, lighten up!! This movie is so silly and that's what makes it quite funny. Off the top of my head, I can't recall any other Bill Murray movies, but this one is GREAT. If you need to just laugh, laugh, laugh, then this is the movie for you. It's a hoot! I love 'Bob' and Richard Dreyfuss makes a great Dr. Leo Marvin. Buy it**

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny, but crass

    This movie started as quite amusing, with Bob always using a handkerchief between his hand and everything he touched. He talks to his goldfish, and acts very ¿far gone¿. When Dr. Leo Marvin helps him, Bob sees improvement instantly. He latches on to Dr. Marvin, contacting him when Dr. Marvin is on vacation, even showing up at Dr. Marvin¿s vacation home. Bob plans to stay at the house, and nothing Dr. Marvin does can get rid of him. When Dr. Marvin has a spot on Good Morning, America, he demands that Bob get up early and leave. Bob, of course, takes no such ¿hint¿, and, as far as Dr. Marvin is concerned, wrecks the TV show. Dr. Marvin, himself on the brink of insanity, takes Bob to a psychiatric center, and goes back to his family. Under much compulsion, Dr. Marvin returns to pick up Bob and bring him back. Later on in the vacation, Dr. Marvin¿s family throws a party for him. Bob is there, and Dr. Marvin flies into a fistfight with him. That night, he breaks into a hunter¿s shop, steals some explosives, finds Bob, ties him up near the explosives, and leaves. Bob unties himself and drops the explosives off in the house. When the explosives go off, Dr. Marvin totally loses his mind. It takes him an outburst of anger to get it back. This movie is quite crass, I thought, with the names thrown around between the boy and Bob and the jokes Bob told at the insanity ward. I was amused by the clean things Bob said, but otherwise didn¿t like the movie. Also, the plot went downhill after Dr. Marvin tried to kill Bob. It just got too far-fetched to be funny anymore. Parting line: if you¿re looking for clean humor, look elsewhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'M A SAILOR, I SAIL!

    HILARIOUS! THE SCENE WHERE HE JUMPS UP AND DOWN ON THE DOCTOR ( BILL MURRAYS IDEA OF THE HEIMLICH MANUEVER) WAS SO FUNNY I ALMOST WET MYSELF!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is great!

    This is the funniest movie I've ever seen..Bill Murray is great as the neurotic Bob, and Richard Dreyfuss is hilarious as Dr Marvin!! I love this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What About Bob? Whas Exellent!

    What About Bob? Is My Favorite Movie. I Didn't Want to Watch at 1'st, but I Loved it After It Was Over I Was Repeting Every Funny Line

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a SCREAM!

    It is my favorite movie, too! Love Bill Murray and it is overall just tooooo funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The bomb Movie!

    This is my favorite movie! It is soooooo funny and some times very sad. Thanks 4 making this movie!

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