What film is about a psychiatrist driven into catatonia by a patient taking "baby steps" to improve?
The 1991 film which is about a psychiatrist driven into catatonia by a dysfunctional patient taking "baby steps" to improve is entitled "What About Bob?". The film is an American black comedy which was directed by Frank Oz and produced by Laura Ziskin. The two key stars are Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. Murray plays Bob Wiley, an irritating patient who follows his egotistical psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin (Dreyfuss) on his family vacation. Bob is an exemplar of neediness with a compendium of phobias. When the unstable Bob befriends members of Marvin's family, it pushes the doctor over the edge. Bob is truly an oblivious patient; he feels very comfortable in any and all personal situations with Marvin's family members. Dr. Marvin will lose his professional temperament and composure because of Bob's behavior. Before long, the doctor is really ready to go to the loony bin.
"What About Bob?" received positive reviews and was a box office success. Its financial success was at a very good level. Made on a $39 million budget, it grossed $64 million (US dollars) domestically during its original theatrical run. This film, where the screenplay has been written by Tom Schulman, is now listed as number 43 on Bravo's '100 Funniest Movies'.