Monday, March 2, 2009

What About Bob? (1991)

I first saw this movie at the local playhouse in the summer of '91. I remember laughing at Bill Murray and loving all the clever one-liners. But seeing it again as an adult made me realize that it's really Richard Dreyfuss's superb performance that makes the whole thing work. Murray is great too, of course, but it's watching Dr. Leo Marvin deal with being tormented by Bob that's truly enjoyable. Catching up with What About Bob? after all these years reminded me (as Napoleon Dynamite also did) that you can make a great comedy without including sex, violence, drugs, feces or bad language. Not that there is anything wrong with having those things in your film, but too often it seems like the only formula that any comedy writer is using anymore.

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