The World According to Garp (1982)
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In this filmization of the John Irving novel, Robin Williams plays the title character, the son of unmarried, unorthodox feminist Jenny Fields. Jenny's efforts to broaden Garp's outlook on life cram more phobias into his psyche. Though successful and happily married, Garp remains envious of his fearless mother
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Critic Reviews for The World According to Garp
Robin Williams displays the acting chops that would later win him an Oscar
Good effort, sometimes nearly great
True to the spirit of the novel, the film compels us to consider the ambiguities of love, death, sex, and violence that characterize modern life.</
Audience Reviews for The World According to Garp
A very strange and unabashed tale of the eccentric, John Irving's novel of the same name has been adapted into the story of T.S. Garp, a man whose life has never been normal. Raised by a nurse who raped a dying soldier, and works in a boys' dormitory, Garp finds his footing amongst writers, falls in love, and has an entire lifetime of adventures along the way. This film is bigger than life and contains strange incidents that make up Garp's life, including marital stress, death, assassination, heartbreak, and a gaggle of Ellen James' admirers. Supported in his life is his professor wife (Hurt), children, transsexual friend Roberta (Lithgow), mother, and other friends. The story is very strange, and by the end you will think so too, and yet it's also exquisite in its weirdness, its ability to shift and change as it adapts to new characters, new challenges, and new ways of thinking. It's simply a beautiful film that feels like a novel in poetic repose.More
Scattershot cutaway look at John Irving's involving work ain't too bad, but the large source material refuses to be simply condensed into movie form and what suffers is the work's emotive impact. Mom sleeping with a dying guy, potent sure, but given short shrift in the film, and so most of the other climatic moments. Still, a different Williams film, Glenn Close's debut (and she's not too shabby, eh?), and overall interesting viewing.More
Drama, comedy and romance. A wonderful film, full of surprises, showing delicate theme, how: bastard sons, homosexuality, feminism, adultery and infantile sexuality. All this recounted by the protagonist, T.S. Garp. A great black romantic comedy, that commotion your spectator.More
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