What About Bob? (1991)
What About Bob? (1991)
Critic Consensus: Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss' chemistry helps make the most of a familiar yet durable premise, elevating What About Bob? into the upper ranks of '90s comedies.
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as Bob Wiley
as Dr. Leo Marvin
as Fay Marvin
as Siggy Marvin
as Anna Marvin
as Mr. Guttman
as Mrs. Guttman
as Carswell Fensterwald
as Dr. Tomsky
as Marie Grady
as Crazy Man in New York Street
as Lobby Doorman
as Bus Driver
as Motorcycle Cop
as Nursing Home Guard
as Nursing Home Attendant
as TV Crew Member
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Critic Reviews for What About Bob?
Murray, with his curious blend of pathos and aggressiveness, is terrific, and so is an acutely uptight Dreyfuss, never once copping a plea for our sympathy.
This cruel but effective black comedy violates credibility at almost every turn, but the concept itself is so strong hat it winds up working pretty well anyway.
Bill Murray finds a real showcase for his oft-shackled talent in this manic comedy.
With Dreyfuss and Murray on top form, not even the familiar plotline -- uptight rich person meets free-wheeling poor person and learns about life -- can prevent this lunatic comedy from being funny.
Somehow, Mr. Dreyfuss maintains his sound comic timing even when Frank Oz's antic direction calls for hand-waving hysteria.
Above all else, What About Bob? addresses the way many a patient feels when his psychiatrist has the nerve to go away without giving a thought to his problems. Perhaps it is just one desperate cosmic cry for help. Then again, maybe it's a threat.
Audience Reviews for What About Bob?
Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfus play off each other so well that I really believed they were those characters. When a man with issues get's assigned a new shrink just as that shrink is about to go on vacation with his family, he follows him all around to make himself better and overcome his phobia's. Due to this, unintentional hilarity ensues for them and I found myself busting a gut every minute. No, "What About Bob?" is not a masterpiece in an regard, but if you look at it as a straight up comedy then you can have a blast with it. Well-written, well-acted, and well-directed, this film is very solid all around, but there was just something about Richard Dreyfus's character that pissed me off. He never really has a full character arch and he becomes more and more of an annoying dick as the film comes to a close, almost to the point of me not caring about his character anymore. Overall, this a very very funny movie that I would highly recommend.
Murray and Dreyfuss are great.
A little rare jewel. A terrific, unique and obligatory comedy. Fresh.
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