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- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 11, 2000
- Originally Released: 1991
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround - English
- Dolby Digital Surround - French
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Bill Murray & Richard Dreyfuss|
|Performer:||Julie Hagerty, Charlie Korsmo, Kathryn Erbe, Tom Aldredge, Roger Bowen, Fran Brill & Aida Turturro|
|Directed by||Frank Oz|
|Edited by||Anne V. Coates|
|Screenwriting by||Alvin Sargent, Laura Ziskin & Tom Schulman|
|Composition by||Miles Goodman|
|Produced by||Laura Ziskin|
|Director of Photography:||Michael Ballhaus|
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. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- Essentially a two-man comedy riff, of the sort we see less and less at the movies. Full Review
...[A reminder] that Murray really is the movies' drollest nutjob... -- Rating: B
Murray and Dreyfuss play off each other to their maximum advantage: Murray does what he does best, to shine-on and ultimately destroy authority figures, while Dreyfuss' portrayal of the runty doctor is splendidly Napoleonic. Full Review
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. Full Review
...Expert comic teamwork...
Rating: 2.5/4 -- ...an affable endeavor that isn't quite the comedy classic one might've anticipated. Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
Bob Wiley, a walking encyclopedia of psychological troubles, seeks help from an egotistical psychiatrist who promptly takes off for a quiet family vacation. Bob follows in quiet desperation, quickly endearing himself to the doctor's family but slowly driving the doctor completely mad in this excruciatingly funny film starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:
What About Bob'
Comic wizard Bill Murray (CRADLE WILL ROCK, RUSHMORE) teams up with Academy Award(R)-winner Richard Dreyfuss teams up with (Best Actor, 1978, THE GOODBYE GIRL; MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS) in an outrageously wild comedy that's sure to drive you off the deep end! Murray plays Bob Wiley, a troubled but lovable therapy patient who fears everything! After seeking help from noted psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin (Dreyfuss), Bob feels revived. But when the good doctor skips town to go on a quiet family vacation, Bob, afraid of being alone, follows -- showing up unexpectedly at the therapist's lakeside retreat. That's when the fun really begins! Bob innocently becomes the houseguest who just won't leave -- endearing himself to the other family members ... and, in the end, driving the stressed-out shrink absolutely crazy!
The day he leaves on a month's vacation, best-selling author and renowned psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss) acquires a new patient, the multiphobic Bob Wiley (Bill Murray). Consumed by his fears of germs, enclosed spaces, and other people, Bob tracks Dr. Marvin to his New Hampshire retreat and arrives on his doorstep for treatment. Dr. Marvin's professional but strained advice to "take a vacation from your phobias" is translated by Bob to mean "take a vacation in New Hampshire," and he starts to become a fixture in their home, to Marvin's growing incredulity and rage--especially when his wife and children, charmed by Bob's childlike enthusiasm, start to think Bob is more fun than Marvin. There seems to be only one way to get rid of Bob, and that's to do it permanently.
Murray and Dreyfuss balance each other perfectly, one growing more sane as the other stumbles toward madness. A quirky family comedy, Frank Oz's WHAT ABOUT BOB' encourages viewers to stop being so straight-laced and start having fun.
- Though they gave the role of Dr. Leo Marvin to Richard Dreyfuss, filmmakers originally discussed Woody Allen for the part.
- "Is this a bad time'"--neurotic patient Bob Wiley (Bill Murray) to psychiatrist Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss), after he crashes Marvin's New Hampshire retreat
- "It's as important for me to see you dive as it is for me to appear on GOOD MORNING AMERICA."--Dr. Marvin to his son, Siggy, who is afraid of diving into the lake near their summer retreat
- Sales Rank: 422
- UPC: 717951005205
- Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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