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What About Bob?

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What About Bob?

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
99 minutes
performer:
Richard Dreyfuss, Bill Murray, Kathryn Erbe, Julie Hagerty, Charlie Korsmo
director:
Frank Oz
distributor:
Buena Vista Pictures
genre:
Comedy, Kids and Family

We gave it a B

The material is thin, but this modest comedy is worth the price of a video rental thanks to two funny guys who are always watchable. Bill Murray portrays multi-phobic loser Bob, who shows up on the country-home doorstep of his favorite shrink (Richard Dreyfuss), wrecking not only the good doctor’s vacation but also his career, his domestic bliss — essentially, his life. Directed by Frank Oz (Little Shop of Horrors), What About Bob? starts out as a darkly witty twist on psychiatrist-patient relations, but gradually the wit subsides and the story settles into a shallow sitcom groove, on its way to what feels like a tacked-on happy ending. Once you see it coming, stop the tape before the final scene. You’ll wind up with a meaner but more satisfying movie. B

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