Per IMDb: “A successful psychotherapist loses his mind after one of his most dependent
patients, an obsessive-compulsive neurotic, tracks him down during his family vacation.”
Bill Murray plays Bob Wiley, a sufferer of OCD who’s neurotic and divorced. His regular doctor “gets out of the business” and refers his last patient to esteemed psychiatrist, and recent author, Dr. Leo Marvin (Dreyfuss). Bob contacts Leo’s office before the referral even gets to Leo. Leo gets Bob started on self-therapy with help from his book, Baby Steps. The idea of the book is to set smaller attainable goals instead of making huge leaps. That makes sense.
Bob, however, freaks out when Leo tells him that he’s going on vacation for a month and that another doctor will be handling his clients. Bob does everything he can to keep in touch with Leo, calling through his call service, even faking his own suicide to find out where Leo is. The unsuspecting call service operators give the address to which Leo has given for forwarding. Bob shows up in Lake Winnipesaukee and Leo’s family falls in love with Bob, but Leo, who has an interview with Good Morning America, doesn’t like it at all. How does that work out for Leo? How does it work out for Bob? You’ll have to tune in to find out.
There’s not a lot of substance to this film, but I have always loved it. It’s just fun. Silly, yes. Stupid, maybe. But, I am a huge fan of Richard Dreyfuss, if for nothing, just his voice. He narrated one of my all time favorite films, Stand By Me. I also love the antics of Bill Murray. He gets a little annoying at times, but not in a Robin Williams or Jim Carrey kind of way. But, Murray does play a really good basket case.
The scenery was great. It turns out that while the film was set in Lake Winnipesaukee, it was actually filmed at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia, about 2 hours from here. The leaves around the real Lake Winnipesaukee had already started to turn and they needed it to look like it was summer. The cast did a great job in the film, too, although Julie Hagerty was a slight bit annoying. This film does have one of my favorite lines from films: Leo screams that he wants peace and quiet; Bob says… (you’ll have to watch for the line).
Rotten Tomatoes rates the film as 83% Fresh with an Audience Score of 79%. IMDb has it at 7 stars out of 10. I saw the film on Netflix and I rate it 4 stars out of 5. Have you seen it? What did you think? What film would you like to read/hear me review?
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“It reminds me of my favorite poem, which is, ‘Roses are red, violets are blue, I’m a schizophrenic… and so am I!'” – Bob