If Pinky and the Brain was ever turned into a live-action show, it’d be What About Bob?
Neurotic Bob Wiley (Bill Murray) is a hypochondriac who’s scared of his own shadow and can’t leave his house without chanting a mantra of “I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful.”
His case gets handed off to Dr. Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss right before he’s set to go on vacation with his family. At their first appointment, he hands a copy of his best-selling book, Baby Steps, about breaking down big things into small things in order to mentally and emotionally handle life. Its methods are something that Bob immediately takes to heart. He also forms an immediate emotional bond with his new therapist leading him to take baby steps to follow Dr. Marvin and his family on vacation. Bob’s actions drive the doctor to insanity and could potentially lead to explosive consequences for them both.
What About Bob? is a laugh out loud funny movie and one of Bill Murray’s best where surprisingly you learn there’s more in his acting wheelhouse than the ability to play insufferable jerks. Like in a certain Christmas film that is best left nameless. What About Bob? is a great enough movie,and outside of a couple strings of Tourette’s inspired expletives, is nearly enough to make me forget the aforementioned nameless Christmas disaster. Colorful expletives your young children will learn include dickhead, son of a bitch, numbnuts, and shit for brains among others. And if your little angels ever tell you to burn in hell, you’ll know from what movie they got it from.
They’re Pinky and the Brain
Yes, Pinky and the Brain
One is a genius
The other’s insane.
What About Bob explores the question of the above lyrics. The answer may surprise you. You can can buy or rent What About Bob from any online retailer.