As we take a stroll, those movies I watched as a kid, What About Bob? was one of the most-watched VHS tapes in my library.
I’ve loved this movie since it’s release. Not only did it reference my home state, New Hampshire, but it is also non-stop laughter. Bill Murray is at his best here, as a guy who is an obsessive-compulsive neurotic. He finds a new doctor, Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss), who goes on summer vacation and leaves Bob all alone.
You may start the movie and think you have a grasp on the story and how it will play out; you are probably wrong. The hijinks never stop, and because of Bob’s personality, there is no telling how he’ll react to any given situation. Whether it is comedic or crazy, Leo’s life is turned upside down, just when he’s about to catch a big break on national TV.
While watching the story unfold, you could say that there is no chemistry between Murray and Dreyfuss; however, you can tell in every scene there is something special there. I don’t know who else we could have plugged into these roles and gotten the same results. I can only imagine the laughs the cast and crew had making the movie.
My favourite part is not worth a thousand laughs; it is the aftermath that is the best. Without giving too much away, Bob’s summer house blows up. His reaction is one of the best parts because minutes earlier, he was celebrating, and minutes later, he was speechless for the rest of the film.
I know this movie is over 30 years old, but if they ever did a sequel, I bet it would be just as funny. Even if Hollywood made a remake, the success of the project would depend on who’s in the lead roles. 8/10