The World According to Garp

The World According to Garp

DVD - 2001
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Garp is a man whose life unfolds from cradle to grave in counterpoint to the dizzy, violent, cruel and casually destructive rhythms of our anxious age. Whilst Garp sees himself as a "serious" writer, his mother Jenny writes a feminist manifesto at an opportune time, and finds herself as a magnet for all manner of distressed women.


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Mar 18, 2019

Average slapstick comedy.

SnoIsleLib_CraigB Jul 06, 2018

Here's a little gem that doesn't get talked about very much anymore. Robin Williams is brilliant in his first non-comedic role, though he plays the title character with an airy lightheartedness. It's one of his best performances, and it convinced me that Mork had real talent. Glenn Close, Mary Beth Hurt, and John Lithgow round out an incredible ensemble cast. Yes, it's a bit hammy and melodramatic, but it's also highly effective. If you like flicks like The Big Chill or The Bird Cage, you should give Garp a spin.

Dec 08, 2016

This is a 1982 American comedy directed by George Roy Hill, based on the novel of the same title by John Irving.
Although funny at times, it appears to me like a nonsensical fantasy at best.
Yet it is an entertaining flick with such sexual episodes as Garp's earliest feelings of lust for Cushie and his second encounter with a New York prostitute whom his mother introduces to him.

May 07, 2016

Long, drawn out, plotless drama, popular in it's time.
The title will mislead you, it is not the world through Garp's eyes like the movie "Being There" is. The proper title should be "THE TRAGEDY OF GARP".
If you are in the mood for a real downer, then watch this. At 2 hours and 17 minutes, it feels like 3 hours.

Feb 23, 2016

The film is fluently, well-directed by George Roy Hill and solidly acted by Robin Williams as the repressed hero, Glenn Close as his feminist mother, and John Lithgow, playing a family friend. But the film has a confusing point of view that I wasn't sure what to make of.

Feb 27, 2015

Question #1 - Back in 1944 (the year in which this film's story begins) was it standard procedure for a nurse, like Jenny Fields, to mount a dying soldier (who just happened to be sporting an erection) and, thus, get herself pregnant? Was this act of low professional ethics an accepted policy in the nurse's handbook?

Question #2 - Am I the only one who thinks it's really screwy that after a woman has done such a thing (as mentioned above) that she then go around boasting about it, even to her parents, as well as talking about it in the presence of the son who was conceived this way?

Question #3 - And would you deem it deranged and hypocritical for this very same woman to be calling adolescent boys "sick" for looking at girlie magazines (?) - As well as disapproving of her own son's interest in women?

Question #4 - Is it alright for this very same woman to write a book clearly encouraging other women to literally defecate on men as a means of gaining female empowerment and that way reduce men to the lowest position of being the absolute scum of the earth?

Question #5 - Am I mistaken, or did this movie send me a clear message, telling me that no man is any good unless he becomes a transsexual (?) - As well as telling me that it's only women who've got the capacity to truly love their children?

Question #6 - Was this distasteful, gender-biased, ass-backwards comedy really based on a novel written, not by a woman, but, by a man?

You know, after watching this film with its decidedly gender-confused storyline, I honestly find myself unable to determine whether novelist, John Irving was, himself, a true man-hater at heart, or just a nasty, little woman-hater. I'd say that he was, very much, a lot of both.

But regardless of how I interpret "Garp's" story, I think this film was a really demented tale that made "Feminism" appear to be absolutely despicable. It was very poorly conceived as far as a so-called big-budget "Comedy" goes.

Jan 09, 2015

I really like John Irving, but there's never been a wholly satisfactory adaptation of one of his books. This stands with the mediocre "Cider House Rules" as the most acclaimed one and, while decent as a film, it fails to bring his novel to life. The sentimentality and quirkiness, which are in his novels, but are always checked by irony and tragedy, tend to dominate in the films. The performances are what make this worth watching: Robin Williams, in an early dramatic role (he's remarkably subdued), Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Mary Beth Hurt. Look for John Irving in a brief role as a wrestling ref. Directed by George Roy Hill, who also did "The Sting" and "Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid."

Nov 24, 2014

This is one of my all-time favorite movies! A story that will always be timely, fantastically rendered with a magnificent cast. i find it to be one of the rare instances where the movie is better than the book; I find Irving to be much too wordy; the movie has artfully included the important messages while leaving the several pedantic "story-within-the-story" diversions on the shelf.
So worth re-watching once in a while!

Atticus14 Oct 16, 2014

This movie made a bigger impression upon me when I was younger. I loved Robin Williams but I found this to be a mediocre revisitation. It was, however, well acted with a few life lessons thrown in for good measure.

lasertravis Oct 15, 2013

This is a very good dramedy. Full of interesting, memorable characters and extreme emotional highs and lows. It is dark. Using full hindsight unavailable to me in the 80's, I would compare it to American Beauty in a lot of ways. Well acted. Great, unique story.

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