History Film / WhatAboutBob

27th Aug '17 9:08:44 PM mlsmithca
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* TheCatCameBack: No matter what Leo does, Bob manages to come back. He tells him to go back to New York and take "a vacation from [his] problems", but the Gutmans let Bob stay with them so that he can take said vacation near Leo. He tries to get rid of him before his ''Good Morning America'' interview, but the crew arrive just as Bob is leaving and he charms them into making him part of the interview. Leo tries having Bob committed, only for the mental institution to tell him to take him back as he seems perfectly sane to them. He tries abandoning Bob by the roadside, but Bob manages to hitchhike back to Leo's house ahead of him. All of which contributes to Leo's growing SanitySlippage. Ironically, the point when Leo finally snaps, kidnaps Bob and tries to kill him is mere moments after Bob, after a talk with Leo's family, has finally realised that his presence is causing Leo to snap and has genuinely decided to leave.

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* TheCatCameBack: No matter what Leo does, Bob manages to come back. He tells him to go back to New York and take "a vacation from [his] problems", but the Gutmans Guttmans let Bob stay with them so that he can take said vacation near Leo. He tries to get rid of him before his ''Good Morning America'' interview, but the crew arrive just as Bob is leaving and he charms them into making him part of the interview. Leo tries having Bob committed, only for the mental institution to tell him to take him back as he seems perfectly sane to them. He tries abandoning Bob by the roadside, but Bob manages to hitchhike back to Leo's house ahead of him. All of which contributes to Leo's growing SanitySlippage. Ironically, the point when Leo finally snaps, kidnaps Bob and tries to kill him is mere moments after Bob, after a talk with Leo's family, has finally realised that his presence is causing Leo to snap and has genuinely decided to leave.



* DisproportionateRetribution: The Gutmans unleash Bob on Dr. Marvin and his family simply because he bought the house they wanted to buy.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: The Gutmans Guttmans unleash Bob on Dr. Marvin and his family simply because he bought the house they wanted to buy.



---> '''Bob''': Are you gonna shoot me?
---> '''Leo''': I'm not gonna shoot you Bob, I don't think I could shoot anyone. I ''am'' gonna blow you up.

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---> --> '''Bob''': Are you gonna shoot me?
---> --> '''Leo''': I'm not gonna shoot you Bob, I don't think I could shoot anyone. I ''am'' gonna blow you up.



* GodwinsLaw: After dropping Siggy in the lake, Leo turns and sees both the Gutmans floating out in a boat near him, and Mrs. Gutman screams the word "Hitler!" at him, all for the "crime" of buying the house they wanted.

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* GodwinsLaw: After dropping Siggy in the lake, Leo turns and sees both the Gutmans Guttmans floating out in a boat near him, and Mrs. Gutman Guttman screams the word "Hitler!" at him, all for the "crime" of buying the house they wanted.



** Sort of -- towards the end, after Leo's snapped once again, his family sit Bob down, tell him that he's the one causing Leo's instability and reluctantly inform him that he has to leave. Bob accepts that he's only making things worse for Leo and agrees to leave; unfortunately for him, while he's actually leaving Leo kidnaps him and straps him to a bomb.
** Earlier in the film, both of Leo's children reveal how difficult it is to interact with him, and Leo confesses to his wife that he feels like a failure. Does he maybe try to find out where he went wrong and make amends? Nope, because a couple minutes later, Leo sees Bob helping Siggy learn how to dive, something he had been repeatedly failing to do, and it all goes downhill from there...

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** Sort Both of -- towards Leo's children reveal how difficult it is to interact with him, and Leo confesses to his wife that he feels like a failure. Does he maybe try to find out where he went wrong and make amends? Nope, because a couple minutes later, Leo sees Bob helping Siggy learn how to dive, something he had been repeatedly failing to do, and it all goes downhill from there...
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the end, after Leo's snapped once again, his family sit Bob down, tell him that he's the one causing Leo's instability and reluctantly inform him that he has to leave. Bob accepts that he's only making things worse for Leo and agrees to leave; unfortunately for him, while he's actually leaving Leo kidnaps him and straps him to a bomb. \n** Earlier in the film, both of Leo's children reveal how difficult it is to interact with him, and Leo confesses to his wife that he feels like a failure. Does he maybe try to find out where he went wrong and make amends? Nope, because a couple minutes later, Leo sees Bob helping Siggy learn how to dive, something he had been repeatedly failing to do, and it all goes downhill from there...



* JerkassHasAPoint: It's not hard to see why Leo is so upset at Bob's presence. He's trying to get away from his work, for one, and Bob's behavior is not only inappropriate but of the sort likely to get you landed in jail (or, at the very least, have a restraining order issued against you) if you tried it in real life. Moreover, having every member of his family refuse to take his side on the issue, turning him into the bad guy in the process, only adds to the frustration. Ever known a really annoying guy who keeps trying to hit on your girlfriend (even right in front of you), and you gradually become more and more pissed off, [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass making you into the bad guy for being jealous]]? That's pretty much what it feels like.
** He's also not wrong when he angrily tells the Guttmans that he had every right to purchase the summer house.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: It's not hard to see why Leo is so upset at Bob's presence. He's trying to get away from his work, for one, and Bob's behavior is not only inappropriate but of the sort likely to get you landed in jail (or, at the very least, have a restraining order issued against you) if you tried it in real life. Moreover, having every member of his family refuse to take his side on the issue, turning him into the bad guy in the process, only adds to the frustration. Ever known a really annoying guy who keeps trying to hit on your girlfriend (even right in front of you), and you gradually become more and more pissed off, [[MadeOutToBeAJerkass making you into the bad guy for being jealous]]? That's pretty much what it feels like.
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like. He's also not wrong when he angrily tells the Guttmans that he had every right to purchase the summer house.



* LaughingMad: The Guttmans laugh crazily as the summer house goes up in flames, repeatedly shouting "BURN!" in between fits of cackling.

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* LaughingMad: LaughingMad:
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The Guttmans laugh crazily as the summer house goes up in flames, repeatedly shouting "BURN!" in between fits of cackling.



* LetThePastBurn: Dr. Leo Marvin's lakeside vacation house in New Hampshire is a symbol of his financial success at the cost of strained relationships with just about everyone (his son calls the trip there "another vacation that isn't a vacation", and his neighbors--the Gutmans--hate Dr. Marvin because they were saving to buy that house). At the end, Dr. Marvin tries to kill Bob with explosives, but ends up burning down the house instead. This is the straw that finally breaks Dr. Marvin, and in the next scene he's more or less catatonic. And in the ''next'' scene, Bob unintentionally shocks Dr. Marvin back into full consciousness. Whether or not Dr. Marvin learned anything from the ordeal is an open question.

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* LetThePastBurn: Dr. Leo Marvin's lakeside vacation house in New Hampshire is a symbol of his financial success at the cost of strained relationships with just about everyone (his son calls the trip there "another vacation that isn't a vacation", and his neighbors--the Gutmans--hate Guttmans--hate Dr. Marvin because they were saving to buy that house). At the end, Dr. Marvin tries to kill Bob with explosives, but ends up burning down the house instead. This is the straw that finally breaks Dr. Marvin, and in the next scene he's more or less catatonic. And in the ''next'' scene, Bob unintentionally shocks Dr. Marvin back into full consciousness. Whether or not Dr. Marvin learned anything from the ordeal is an open question.
20th Jul '17 7:34:21 AM ClintEastwood
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* RuleOfFunny: The film's outlandish premise can be looked past depending on whether or not you found the film funny.
7th May '17 3:44:24 AM StarTropes
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* InkblotTest: Bob tells a bunch of shrinks the one about the patient who's shown a series of these and equates all of them with sex. Whne the shrink administering the test tells him that he's obsessed with sex, he says, "Well, you're the one showing me the dirty pictures!"
22nd Mar '17 5:21:42 PM Bartzv
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---> '''Bob''': Are you gonna kill me?
---> '''Leo''': I'm not gonna kill you Bob, I don't think I could kill anyone. I ''am'' gonna blow you up.

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---> '''Bob''': Are you gonna kill shoot me?
---> '''Leo''': I'm not gonna kill shoot you Bob, I don't think I could kill shoot anyone. I ''am'' gonna blow you up.
22nd Mar '17 5:14:05 PM Bartzv
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* MadnessMantra: Early in the film a random guy passes Bob on the street repeating "Son of a bitch! Dirty bastard! I'll get you...." to himself in contrast to Bob's [[SurvivalMantra "I feel good. I feel great. I feel wonderful".....]]
15th Feb '17 1:31:17 PM marbehraglaim
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* ClingyMacGuffin: Bob is a sort of human example.
6th Jan '17 10:40:59 PM acg452
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* DistinctionWithoutADifference: While being tied to a tree stump, Bob asks the following
---> '''Bob''': Are you gonna kill me?
---> '''Leo''': I'm not gonna kill you Bob, I don't think I could kill anyone. I ''am'' gonna blow you up.
17th Nov '16 4:53:38 PM Cheapsunglasses
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** In the third act, Leo can't resist cackling like a lunatic when he thinks he's gotten rid of Bob.
5th Nov '16 8:47:17 PM Cheapsunglasses
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* AssholeVictim: Subverted. Leo ''is'' an arrogant prick, but he does ''not'' deserve the hell Bob unintentionally subjects him to.


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** He's also not wrong when he angrily tells the Guttmans that he had every right to purchase the summer house.


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* LaughingMad: The Guttmans laugh crazily as the summer house goes up in flames, repeatedly shouting "BURN!" in between fits of cackling.


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* PetTheDog: The Guttmans applaud Siggy when he successfully performs his first dive, hinting that they don't extend their grudge against Leo to the rest of his family.
28th Sep '16 9:21:39 PM Phediuk
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* KafkaKomedy: The universe hates Leo Marvin. All of his attempts to do good backfire, and his mistakes backfire even harder.
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