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2nd Feb '16 11:16:31 AM gallium
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A 1991 film starring Creator/BillMurray and Creator/RichardDreyfuss.
25th Jan '16 10:11:27 PM Usagi1992
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-->'''Leo:''' [[BlatantLies I'm relaxed!]]
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-->'''Leo:''' [[BlatantLies [[BadLiar I'm relaxed!]]
25th Jan '16 10:58:39 AM mlsmithca
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* BrickJoke: Leo describes his plan to strap Bob to a large quantity of heavy explosives as "death therapy", a guaranteed cure. At the end of the film, a caption mentions that Bob became a psychiatrist and wrote a bestseller called ''Death Therapy'' - resulting in Leo suing him for the rights to the idea.
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* BrickJoke: Leo describes his plan to strap Bob to a large quantity of heavy explosives as "death therapy", a guaranteed cure. [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue At the end of the film, film]], a caption mentions that Bob became a psychiatrist and wrote a bestseller called ''Death Therapy'' - resulting in Leo suing him for the rights to the idea.

* TitleDrop: Done a couple of times. For example, when Leo returns from attempting to commit Bob to an institution and then gets a phone call telling him they can't as there's no reason for it, Fay yells "What about Bob?" in an attempt to get an explanation of what has just happened.
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* TitleDrop: Done a couple of times. For example, when Leo returns from attempting to commit Bob to an institution and then gets a phone call telling him they can't take him as there's no reason for it, to do so, Fay yells "What about Bob?" in an attempt to get an explanation of what has just happened.

* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Gill the goldfish is still inside [[spoiler:the house when it explodes, and [[NoCartoonFish no one seems to notice]]]]. ** Bob briefly mentions staying with the Guttmans, so presumably Gill was safe with them. * WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Among other things, Dr. Marvin is suing Bob for stealing Death Therapy from him.
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Gill the goldfish is still inside [[spoiler:the house when it explodes, and [[NoCartoonFish no one seems to notice]]]]. ** notice]]]]. Bob briefly mentions staying with the Guttmans, so presumably Gill was safe with them. * WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Among other things, Dr. Marvin is suing A text epilogue appears over the final shot, revealing that [[spoiler:Bob went back to college and qualified as a psychiatrist, then wrote a best-seller called ''Death Therapy'' - which has prompted Leo to sue Bob for stealing Death Therapy the idea from him.him]].
10th Jan '16 6:59:15 PM Fireblood
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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 asylum 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. * TheChewToy: Dr. Marvin. Just to name a few ways in which the universe makes his life miserable, Anna leaves the car at the marina at his suggestion, meaning there is no way for Bob to leave their house when a torrential downpour begins, so that he is still at the house when ''Good Morning America'' show up for his interview. When he throws Bob out of his car, he is soon pulled over for speeding, then reverses into a ditch and is splashed with mud by another car when he gets out to inspect the damage.
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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 asylum 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. * TheChewToy: Dr. Marvin. Just to name a few ways in which the universe makes his life miserable, miserable: Anna leaves the car at the marina at his suggestion, meaning there is no way for Bob to leave their house when a torrential downpour begins, so that he is still at the house when ''Good Morning America'' show up for his interview. When he throws Bob out of his car, he is soon pulled over for speeding, then reverses into a ditch and is splashed with mud by another car when he gets out to inspect the damage.

* DisproportionateRetribution: The Gutmans unleash Bob on Dr. Marvin and his family simply because the psychiatrist bought the house they wanted to buy. * DramaticallyMissingThePoint: After Dr. Marvin attacks Bob at his surprise birthday party when he puts his arm around his sister, Lily, and then starts to become catatonic, Lily tells Bob how lucky her brother is to have him around, clearly unaware that Bob is the reason her brother, Leo, is losing his sanity in the first place. Justified somewhat in that she, Lily, had just met Bob and had no idea what had been going on prior to Leo's surprise birthday party.
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* DisproportionateRetribution: The Gutmans unleash Bob on Dr. Marvin and his family simply because the psychiatrist he bought the house they wanted to buy. * DramaticallyMissingThePoint: After Dr. Marvin attacks Bob at his surprise birthday party when he puts his arm around his sister, Lily, and then starts to become becomes catatonic, Lily tells Bob how lucky her brother is to have him around, clearly unaware that Bob is the reason her brother, Leo, is losing his sanity in the first place. Justified [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] somewhat in that she, Lily, had just met Bob and had no idea what had been going on prior to Leo's surprise birthday party.

* HourglassPlot: By the end of the movie, [[spoiler: Bob is cured of his pantophobia, and Leo is driven insane and catatonic.]]
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* HourglassPlot: By the end of the movie, [[spoiler: Bob is cured of his pantophobia, and Leo is driven insane and catatonic. In fact, Bob becomes a psychiatrist while Leo is a mental patient.]]

* ItsAllAboutMe: Dr. Marvin is this in regards to his patients. He's merely concerned with stroking his own ego over helping people. Over the course of the movie when he attempts to actually treat Bob, he gives him either vague, meaningless advice that could apply to anything, or gives him advice that really has no real ability to help him; such as telling him to simply "Take a vacation from [his] problems." When Bob first walks into his office, Marvin listens to his case with the most profoundly bored expression before just handing him a copy of his book and telling him that it will solve everything (making a note to bill him for said book later). This point is driven home when he receives notice in the middle of the night of Bob's (faked, unbeknownst to him) suicide early in the film. His reaction is to nonchalantly say that they shouldn't let it spoil their family vacation and promptly goes back to sleep, his lack of concern making him look very insensitive.
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* ItsAllAboutMe: Dr. Marvin is this in regards to his patients. He's merely concerned with stroking his own ego over helping people. Over the course of the movie when he attempts to actually treat Bob, he gives him either vague, meaningless advice that could apply to anything, or gives him advice that really has no real ability to help him; such as telling him to simply "Take a vacation from [his] problems." When Bob first walks into his office, Marvin listens to his case with the most profoundly bored expression before just handing him a copy of his book and telling him that it will solve everything (making a note to bill him for said book later). This point is driven home when he receives notice in the middle of the night of Bob's (faked, unbeknownst to him) suicide early in the film. His reaction is to look slightly sad for just a moment and then nonchalantly say that they shouldn't let it spoil their family vacation and before promptly goes going back to sleep, his lack of concern making him look very insensitive.

* KarmaHoudini: Jackass or not, Leo doesn't deserve a lot of what Bob does to him. Bob's "punishment" [[spoiler:is getting to marry Leo's sister]]. It does help that Bob is well-meaning and often doesn't realise the trouble he's causing for Leo until it's too late.
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* KarmaHoudini: Jackass or not, Leo doesn't deserve a lot of what Bob does to him. Bob's "punishment" [[spoiler:is getting to marry Leo's sister]]. It does help that Bob is well-meaning and often doesn't realise realize the trouble he's causing for Leo until it's too late.

* 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 up 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 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 up to buy that house.) 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.

* OnlySaneMan: Leo is the only one to notice Bob's obvious insanity, instability, and inappropriateness. All the supposedly normal people side with Bob against him. Although it helps that Bob, while clearly not very well adjusted, is ultimately pleasant, friendly, well-meaning and likable, while Leo is a cold, arrogant, and thoughtless prick even before Bob enters his life. This is gradually inverted as the movie goes on, with Leo becoming more unstable as Bob begins to get better.
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* OnlySaneMan: Leo is the only one to notice Bob's obvious insanity, instability, and inappropriateness. All the supposedly normal people side with Bob against him. Although it helps that Bob, while clearly not very well adjusted, well-adjusted, is ultimately pleasant, friendly, well-meaning and likable, while Leo is a cold, arrogant, and thoughtless prick even before Bob enters his life. This is gradually inverted as the movie goes on, with Leo becoming more unstable as Bob begins to get better.

* StrappedToABomb: In the climax, [[spoiler:Dr. Marvin snaps and tries to kill Bob by tying him up in the woods and hanging 20 pounds of black powder around Bob's neck. Leo jokingly refers to this as "Death therapy, a guaranteed cure!"; Bob is ''completely'' oblivious to how much Leo hates him, so he immediately accepts that this really is some kind of therapy. Bob effortlessly unties himself, but assumes the still-ticking bomb is a prop and takes it with him back to Leo's house.]]
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* StrappedToABomb: In the climax, [[spoiler:Dr. Marvin snaps and tries to kill Bob by tying him up in the woods and hanging 20 pounds of black powder around Bob's neck. Leo jokingly refers to this as "Death therapy, a guaranteed cure!"; cure!" Bob is ''completely'' oblivious to how much Leo hates him, so he immediately accepts that this really is some kind of therapy. Bob effortlessly unties himself, but assumes the still-ticking bomb is a prop and takes it with him back to Leo's house.]]

** After his first session with Leo, Bob obsessively repeats "Baby steps..." as he goes through various minor routines which normally leave him paralysed by anxiety.
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** After his first session with Leo, Bob obsessively repeats "Baby steps..." as he goes through various minor routines which normally leave him paralysed paralyzed by anxiety.

* TitleDrop: Done a couple of times. For example, when Leo returns from attempting to commit Bob to the asylum and then gets a phone call telling him they can't admit him as there's no reason to do so, Fay yells, "What about Bob?" in an attempt to get an explanation of what has just happened.
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* TitleDrop: Done a couple of times. For example, when Leo returns from attempting to commit Bob to the asylum an institution and then gets a phone call telling him they can't admit him as there's no reason to do so, for it, Fay yells, yells "What about Bob?" in an attempt to get an explanation of what has just happened.
20th Nov '15 11:25:21 AM amphiboly
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* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: After Dr. Marvin attacks Bob at his surprise birthday party when he puts his arm around his sister, Lily, and then starts to become catatonic, Lily tells Bob how lucky her brother is to have him around, clearly unaware that Bob is the reason her brother, Leo, is losing his sanity in the first place. Justified somewhat in that she, Lily, had just met Bob and had no idea what had been going on prior to Leo's surprise birthday party.
4th Oct '15 7:01:44 PM amphiboly
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* JerkassWoobie: All Dr. Marvin wants to do is have a nice, quiet family vacation away from his practice and his patients. This is precisely the ONE thing that Bob will not give him, which causes Dr. Marvin to go off the deep end.
4th Oct '15 7:00:19 PM amphiboly
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* JerkassWoobie: All the [[ItsAllAboutMe pompous, self-absorbed]] doctor wants to do is have a nice, quiet family vacation away from his practice and his patients. This is precisely the ONE thing that Bob will not give him, which causes Dr. Marvin to go off the deep end.
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* JerkassWoobie: All the [[ItsAllAboutMe pompous, self-absorbed]] doctor Dr. Marvin wants to do is have a nice, quiet family vacation away from his practice and his patients. This is precisely the ONE thing that Bob will not give him, which causes Dr. Marvin to go off the deep end.
4th Oct '15 6:59:10 PM amphiboly
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* JerkassWoobie: All the [[ItsAllAboutMe pompous, self-absorbed]] doctor wants to do is have a nice, quiet family vacation away from his practice and his patients. This is precisely the ONE thing that Bob will not give him, which causes Dr. Marvin to go off the deep end.
16th Jul '15 3:49:13 PM BobTanaka
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** Bob briefly mentions staying with the Guttmans, so presumably Gill was safe with them.
21st Jun '15 9:39:07 AM WhyNotNow
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* HeelRealization: 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.
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* HeelRealization: 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. * HeelRealization: ** 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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