Few comedians can match the attitude, wit, and charm of Bill Murray. His presence alone makes any movie a hundred times better.
For those who have never seen one of his movies (too sad to imagine) I’d show them “What About Bob?”
Aside from the hilarious story, this is one of the last quirky roles he had. Sure, there is “Lost in Translation” and “The Life Aquatic” but this was the last family movie where he had a lead role.
The story begins with Bob Wiley (Murray) visiting his new egotistical psychiatrist, Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss).
A kind man suffering from multiple phobias, Bob quickly finds hope and assurance in his new doctor.
But when Dr. Marvin informs Bob he’ll be out of town for the weekend, Bob panics and follows the doctor to his vacation home at Lake Winnipesaukee.
Upon arrival, Dr. Marvin urges Bob to leave and advises him to take a vacation from his problems.
Charged with confidence, Bob chooses to spend his vacation at Lake Winnipesaukee too.
After befriending Dr. Marvin’s children and beautiful wife (Julie Hagerty), he begins overstepping the boundaries of his doctor-patient relationship. Eventually, Dr. Marvin becomes so outraged he snaps and begins taking extreme measures to eliminate his new patient.
This movie is easily one one of the best dark comedies of all time.
Toward the end of the film, Dr. Marvin tries to kill Bob by tying him to 20 pounds of black powder.
He tells Bob “…one teaspoon of this stuff can blow up a tree stump.”
When Bob asks what he’s doing Dr. Marvin replies, “Death Therapy, Bob. It’s a guaranteed cure.” Did I mention this film is rated PG?
If you love comedies you’ll enjoy watching this movie.
Dreyfuss’ unhinged sanity and Murray’s upbeat attitude collide to create spectacular absurdity.
And not only does “What About Bob?” entertain — it drives you crazy for more Bill Murray.