I was looking for something to watch on Netflix one night, so I decided on "What About Bob?", a film that I had seen parts of in passing, but never in full. I think that I ultimately enjoyed the film.
The film definitely falls into the goofier side of the comedy genre. As such, it doesn't offer much in terms of depth or social commentary. It's definitely very funny, a result of the charm of the two main actors, however, it's over-the-top and silly at times. I laughed out loud frequently, but I also stared at the screen at times, questioning why the film was insulting my intellect in this way. The film plays off of a lot of the tropes of both the dysfunctional family, screwball, and buddy comedies, and doesn't really bring much that is new to the table. I also didn't love the treatment of mental disorders in the film. It somewhat pathologized them, which I don't think is the best message to have in a film. There's really not much else I can say about the film. It's got some great comedy, and the actors' chemistry is great, but it isn't the most thought-provoking or uniquely-shot film. That being said, it also isn't a horribly made film. It just lies in that awkward gray area of being a film that isn't particularly good, but not particularly bad either.
Overall, "What About Bob?" is definitely an enjoyable time, but it isn't that good of a film. If you are a fan of Bill Murray, it definitely provides for a laugh.
What About Bob?
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: Netflix.
Had I Seen It Before?: No, only parts.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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