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What About Bob? Review

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    USA Today Mike Clark

    A sentimental comedy about mental illness (complete with a sitcom family), wobbly Bob offers further evidence that Disney itself may be afflicted with encroaching schizophrenia. [17 May 1991]

  • 50

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    Chicago Tribune

    A broadly played, by-the-numbers comedy that pits your consummate classic nut case against your quintessential screwed-up shrink. [17 May 1991]

  • 67

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    What About Bob? is just funny enough to make you wish it had been wilder and less predictable.

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Iffy for 10+

Appealingly silly romp for kids and adults.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie contains a mild amount of profanity, much of it delivered in scenes mocking Tourette's Syndrome. The profanity is silly, with insults like "testicle head" and "barf-breathed douche mouth" predominating; nonetheless, it may be too much for some kids and parents. The movie also makes light of serious mental health issues such as paranoia and agoraphobia and features a main character who's essentially a stalker, though this is presented humorously. Some cartoonish violence occurs near the end; for instance, one character hangs explosives on another and threatens to blow him up.

  • Families can talk about mental health concepts. Bob is presented as "crazy" but not dangerous -- how might a real person with similar emotional problems act?
  • How does the film's portrayal of a stalker deviate from the real-lifedanger they pose? How could Dr. Marvin have dissuaded Bob from pursuinghim without resorting to violence?
  • This lighthearted movie could bea good jumping-off point for parents wishing to show how actualmental-health difficulties differ from cinematic portrayals.

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie makes light of serious mental health issues and turns what's essentially stalking into situation comedy. But there are also some positive take-aways about valuing family and the importance of feeling loved and included.

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    Role models: The two main characters are both exaggerated types -- Bob is delusional, and Dr. Marvin is selfish and egotistical. Both of them learn a few things over the course of the movie, but overall they're not particularly sympathetic.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The main characters indulge in cartoonish, slapstick violence (lots of falls and the like).

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: Several silly yet profane insults, including words like "damn," "bitch," "dick," "testicles," and "suck." Most of the language comes in scenes mocking Tourette's Syndrome.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue