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What About Bob?

Summary
What About Bob? is a 1991 American black comedy film directed by Frank Oz and starring Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. Murray plays Bob Wiley, a mentally unstable patient who follows his egotistical psychotherapist Dr. Leo Marvin (Dreyfuss) on vacation. When Bob befriends the other members of Leo's family, the patient's problems push the doctor over the edge. The film received positive reviews and grossed $63.7 million in the US. Bob Wiley suffers from multiple phobias which makes leaving his NYC apartment difficult. Despite regular therapy, he makes little progress and he constantly seeks reassurance from his therapists. Exhausted by Bob's high-maintenance needs and invasion of personal boundaries, his current therapist refers him to the egotistical Dr. Leo Marvin, who believes his recently published book Baby Steps will make him a household name. Bob feels good about their initial session, but Dr. Marvin dismisses him in a rush, as he is leaving for a month-long family vacation. Unable to cope, Bob contacts Leo via his telephone exchange and tries to find out where he is, but Leo dismisses him. Then Bob pays someone to impersonate Leo's sister Lily to get past the switchboard operator again. However, Leo tells Bob he cannot trust him if he continues to lie. He then disguises himself as a homicide detective, telling the switchboard operator that Bob committed suicide and disccovers Leo is at Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire. Annoyed, Leo suggests Bob "take a vacation" from his problems. He seems to have made a breakthrough, but the next morning, he tells Leo that he will also be vacationing at Lake Winnipesaukee as a guest of the Guttmans, who hold a grudge against Leo for purchasing the lakeside home they had been saving for years to buy. Leo rejects Bob's attempts at friendship to maintain professional distance, but Bob bonds with Leo's family. He relates to the problems of Leo's kids, Anna and Sigmund "Siggy", in contrast with their father's clinical approach.
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