BOB’S A SPECIAL KIND OF FRIEND. THE KIND THAT DRIVES YOU CRAZY!
The day before his vacation starts, psychiatrist Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss) agrees to see a new patient (Bill Murray), but doesn’t realize that he is the beginning to the end of his career. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Dreyfuss can be very funny. He’s perfect in this well-made comedy as a shrink who is so full of himself he could explode any minute. Matching him with Murray, who is also wonderful as the cheerfully annoying Bob, is as much a strength in the film as the script. Things spin out of control in the end, but not too much, and there is warmth in the portrayal of Bob and the Doc’s family.
1991-U.S. 99 min. Color. Produced by Laura Ziskin. Directed by Frank Oz. Screenplay: Tom Schulman. Cast: Bill Murray (Bob Wiley), Richard Dreyfuss (Leo Marvin), Julie Hagerty (Fay Marvin), Charlie Korsmo, Kathryn Erbe, Tom Aldredge.
Trivia: Woody Allen was allegedly considered for the part of Leo.
Last word: “A tough, tough movie to shoot. The memories of that are that there was a lot of tension on the set, because everybody had their own viewpoint on how to make the movie better. My viewpoint on that is relief that it turned out so well and was liked so much, because there was a lot of tension.” (Oz, IGN)