What About Bob?

7.01 h 39 min1991X-RayPG
A patient follows a pop psychiatrist on his vacation and annoys him while charming his family.
Frank Oz
Bill MurrayRichard DreyfussJulie Hagerty
English [CC]
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Charlie Korsmo
Laura Ziskin
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Mark JanovecReviewed in the United States on January 3, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Beware: Not true widescreen as advertised.
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The two stars here refer to the DVD release, not the movie itself (which is definitely in the 4-5 star range). The DVD is advertised as having a "widescreen 1.85:1" aspect ratio. (This is also known as 16:9 aspect ratio.) However, what isn't said is that the 1.85:1 image is stuffed into a non-anamorphic 1.33:1 (4:3) box. The resolution of the image is 640x360 pixels inside of the 640x480 pixel box. So if watched on a properly setup widescreen TV, you'll end up with black bars not only on the top and bottom of the screen, but black bars on the sides of the screen. The actual image will take up about 50% of the area of your widescreen TV. One can zoom into the image to have it fill the screen, but at a paltry 360 pixels in height, it looks terrible.

Sadly, a Blu Ray release of this movie is long overdue, and the DVD is stuck in the non-anamorphic stone age. It's time this movie was given some love and given a proper release on a physical format.
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Rand StahlReviewed in the United States on July 12, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Get Ready To Laugh And Become Amazed
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There are two types of people in this world: those who think What About Bob is one of the better, if not one of the best, of movies ever crafted and those who don’t.

Ask yourself these three questions: How do you feel? Do you feel great? Do you feel wonderful? Don’t take baby-steps if you feel neither great nor wonderful. Just watch this movie. Then laugh your…butt off.

Pay attention to the subtle gestures of the acting craft masterfully demonstrated by Dreyfuss. Broader gestures are masterfully demonstrated by Murry; he consistently reigns in his comedic sense, never going over the top, never overwhelming. Even each member of the supporting cast performs his and her role marvelously. Pay attention to each one. Tell me the casting director failed doing the assigned job?

Largely ignored as one the better movies ever made in the U. S., What about Bob? Has one of better scripts ever written brought to flesh mostly by creative cratfmen, Bill Murry, Bob, and Richard Dreyfuss, Dr. Marvin. Each were given an excellent screenplay with which to work their acting magic. It is full of pithy gems of dialogue and character observations.

Combined craft of the two actors, two of the best ever to appear on the sliver-screen, makes Bob the character that he is. Chemistry between the two actors is brought to phenomenal precision. Each contributing equally to an alchemist transformation of character, both of Bob and of Dr. Marvin. Trans-formative change remains consistent across the arch of the story. Each incremental step in transition is signaled by subtle gestures. For example, pay attention to one sign of transformation-changed in Bob when he, at the Marvin’s for a evening’s sleep-over. Notice what he does just before he settles in his bed to go to sleep. A couple of times subtle gestures of his trans-formative change are signaled with a white tissue.

What about Bob is an iconic film ensconced among the many greatest movies of America. If that is not the case, than American iconology requirements a rethinking. What About Bob was ignored by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when this movie ought to have been considered for best movie of the year, so to have won it, and for its two leading actors, each worthy for best actor, Bill Murry and best supporting actor, Richard Dreyfuss. Each ought of been winners of The Oscar the year of the movie’s release.

About Richard Dreyfuss, not enough can be expressed in observation of his acting range. His comedic sensibility is keenly demonstrated in this movie. Pay attention to his character’s facial expressions during the TV interview. Notice how he plays off Boob, I mean Bob. Here his subtle comedic display makes the scene click for the viewer, you.
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prisrobReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Pyschosis Aplenty
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Bill Murray is one of my favorite actors, so sublime, so under performed, so endearing at times. In this film, he plays a person with multitudinal pysch problems. He is very wearing for anyone who has to deal with him. in this case it is his psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Marvin. Each psychiatrist of dear Bob tries to palm him off, and when completed, there is joy to behold!

Bob needs his psychiatrist all the time, even when said psychiatrist is on vacation. Through the escapades, Bob becomes more in need, all the while Leo is trying to escape. The film rests on this relationship. Bill Murray leads this cast, and his antics are the cohesion. Richard Dreyfuss, plays Dr. Leo. On vacation Leo is not a nice man while Bob joins his family. They family,in turn, love Bob.

Most of this film is with tongue in cheek, and leaves little to the imagination. Lots of laughs, and for those who can take or leave Murray, will still find lots to smile about. Lord knows we can use some laughs at this time, go get them.

Recommended. prisrob. 03-23-2021
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Happy NanaReviewed in the United States on May 15, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A true comedy classic for all your family's generations! Get it...share it!
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This movie was a favorite of my son growing up (he was born in 1978). I always look for movies which are family classics which I can share with his two girls. I purchased this and we watched it on their spring break from school. It was a dreary day when we settled in with our favorite popcorn and "What About Bob?" I was hoping they would like it and at least make it to the end of the film. To my amazement, this classic lived up to our memories of it...they LOVED it! Now when we are together the girls will often quote funny lines from the movie, or say, "remember in What About Bob when he.....?" It is so nice to have a multigenerational film that can be shared with your children and their children! Parents and grandparents....when you select films for your loved ones to watch with you, don't forget the comedy classics which everyone can enjoy! Watching this movie with my family....time well spent!
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Don the EagleReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
2 legendary actors 1 funny movie equals fun!
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A noble classic with two legendary actors, Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. This movie will cheer up for anyone going through a hardship in life, and have you remember, life can be happier if we try.

Of course this movie has Bob, a mental patient, and Richard Dreyfuss as a psychiatrist; who get tangled up in situations that drive each other crazy. I as someone who suffers with Bipolar Depression can try to laugh, yet know there is a purpose in life.

Regardless, a great film for the family, a great comedy and a nice addition to a movie collection. Very highly recommended.
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Florida PhDReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful movie for mental health workers
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My wife and my father-in-law are/were both mental health professionals with multiple/maximum degrees from top-tier schools. I find this movie very charming because of that. I do object to some of the course language in a couple of scenes. Besides that fault, this is a very entertaining mostly-family film about why the client/therapist relationship should be kept at arm's length, and what could happen if that professional distance is somehow compromised. "My family thinks you're crazy enough to be fun and that I'm a schmuck."

I do want to dispel a myth. My father-in-law was a very well respected mental health professional that was interviewed on TV a number of times (including several guest appearances on Johnny Carson) and wrote several books. The whole stereotype of such a person being able to afford a lakeside summer home isn't real. That is pure Hollywood.
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Della Van HiseReviewed in the United States on November 23, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
just because it had me laughing from start to finish - though there are parts of it that are a bit annoying to watch
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I probably should give this one 5-stars, just because it had me laughing from start to finish - though there are parts of it that are a bit annoying to watch, especially for those who may have a "Bob" in their own lives. *lol* Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss are superb, as is the supporting cast. I particularly enjoyed observing how the character of Bob slowly but surely wears his psychiatrist down to an eventual puddle of bubbling mush and madness. I'd like to say... "It's only fiction," but having had a "Bob" in my own life for too many years, it's a fiction that is often painful to watch. And yet, I watch it at least once a year, just for the laughs that are always guaranteed.
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Kyle SReviewed in the United States on March 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Everyone should own this movie.....
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(This is a review of the amazon digital edition)
I really wanted to get a Bluray of this movie but it seems due to reasons of the involved parties that a Bluray will not be coming. So I was looking for an HD version of this and DVD's dont cut it for me anymore. The movie was wide screen and HD so I was very happy about that. Sound quality was fine.

The movie itself is a fantastic comedy about a psychiatrist and his patient. Cant say too much without spoiling the movie but its great work by Bill Murry and Richard Dreyfuss.
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