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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.

Director:

Frank Oz

Writers:

Alvin Sargent (story), Laura Ziskin (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Susan Willis ... Mrs. Guttman
Roger Bowen ... Phil
Fran Brill Fran Brill ... Lily
Brian Reddy Brian Reddy ... Carswell Fensterwald
Doris Belack ... Dr. Tomsky
Melinda Mullins Melinda Mullins ... Marie Grady
Marcella Lowery ... Betty / Switchboard Operator
Margot Welch Margot Welch ... Gwen / Switchboard Operator
Barbara Andres 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!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

¿Qué tal, Bob? See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In interviews both Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss admitted that they did not get along during filming. See more »

Goofs

The lake is obviously not in New Hampshire as evidenced by the abundance of Longleaf Pine trees, which only grow as far north as southern Virginia (where the lake scenes were filmed). 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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Alternate Versions

The television version has replaced footage of several scenes wherein Bob and Siggy exchange insults while faking Tourette's Syndrome. In the replaced footage, they are faking "Buddy's Disease," and the insults are significantly toned down. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Entourage: What About Bob? (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Brady Bunch Theme
from "The Brady Bunch (1969)"
Music by Frank De Vol
Lyrics by Sherwood Schwartz
Performed by The Brady Bunch
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Hilarious!
13 February 2008 | by canadiancinderellaSee 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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