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Awesome: 21.43%
Worth A Look46.43%
Average: 7.14%
Pretty Bad: 10.71%
Total Crap: 14.29%

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Bob the Butler
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by Katharine Leis

"Fun and witty… but what did they do with the real Tom Green?"
4 stars

Bob the Butler begins with Bob (Tom Green) in the midst of a disaster as he has just bungled his way out of yet another job. Through the opening sequence and the scene after the first, it is found that Bob had no clue what to do as far as a career or even a job for that matter, so he went through the yellow pages and took a stab at each job that existed, starting with those that begun with the letter “A.”

He lived in a small apartment and had a pet hamster with who he conversed at substantial length.
Next introduced was Anne Jamieson (Brooke Shields), a germophobic powerwoman of sorts, whose two young children run off babysitters faster than you can say “Mrs. Doubtfire.” Sidenote: at first description and up to the first ten minutes of this film, I thought maybe it was a rip off of Mrs. Doubtfire. From the base description, then it and Mrs. Doubtfire are both a rip off of Mary Poppins…a family set in their ways in need of someone who does things a little differently to make them happy. Other than the 25 words or less description, there is no ripping off to be found here.
There was also the boyfriend-turned-ex-boyfriend Jacques (Rob La Belle), and the owner of the butler school that Bob attended for five days, named aptly “Mr. Butler” (Simon Callow). There were not too many characters which allowed quite a bit of time to get to know each one.
The film played well with more than several laugh out loud scenes, and one or two that probably could have been included instead in the DVD deleted scenes…they were good but did not seem to fit with the rest of the movie. The kids, Tess Jamieson (Genevieve Buechner) and Bates Jamieson (Benjamin B. Smith) were really fantastic actors. Brooke Shields was great as their neurotic mother, and she looked absolutely beautiful throughout. One scene between Shields and LaBelle was so well done that it seemed to be a real moment in time and not just a great scene in a movie. The biggest surprise in the film though was not from any scene involving torture apparatus, nor from a semi-impromptu appearance of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” in a pre-teen fashion show. What really impressed most about this film was the performance of Tom Green. In past films and TV shows, he seemed to be the goofy underdog who shouted and looked confused in gross and/or unsettling situations. In this film, he does maintain aspects of previous characters, but he also portrays a really sensitive, caring, and incredibly likeable person. Actors receive mad kudos for gaining or losing weight, playing gritty, ugly, and angry characters but it’s more about breaking a stereotype and doing it well. Had I read the script and not known who played Bob but had to guess, Tom Green would be name #134 or higher. But after seeing the film and being so impressed by his performance, there is no other person I can imagine who would have played it better. He really has range and depth and is able to show a great deal of it in this film.

Although this is not a horror movie that will give you nightmares for weeks and spawn a dozen sequels, it’s not a drama that will turn your stomach or make you rethink your entire life, and it’s not a musical with songs that you just won’t be able to ever get out of your head, it is a very good movie. It’s fun, surprising, sweet, and definitely a good way to spend an afternoon.

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2005 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. For more in the 2005 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival series, click here.

User Comments

11/04/12 Anthony cruz Tom green is king of comdey and bob b is down his ally 5 stars
4/04/10 Liliana como la icieron y porque la icieron asi 1 stars
3/19/10 Rho A funny and yet calm movie, one that you would feel good watching while needing to relax. 5 stars
5/13/09 Johanna Funny movie lots of laughs & heart I enjoyed it! 5 stars
6/20/08 christie this was such a funny movie, I enjoyed it a lot! 4 stars
3/12/08 dan i really liked it! come on now people just recognize good cinema when you see it. 4 stars
1/22/08 Billy-bob Graham Really great/pleasant time waster, not too over the top, not beneath you either 4 stars
12/06/07 AussieJay i loved it 5 stars
9/20/07 Schyler Silvey Even if you hate Tom Green you'll love this flick 4 stars
5/18/07 crap fuck you idiot 1 stars
5/14/07 Trexa Good humor at some parts, others just plain stupid. 3 stars
9/02/06 Abby This movie ROX! it is def. worth a peek! 5 stars
7/17/06 Sal Magundy More forced than funny. Yuks few & far between. 2 stars
2/15/06 shi jo bok choi you're a stupid fucking idiot, you stupid fucking idiot. 1 stars
1/31/06 Joe I loved it, must see for Tom Green Fans 5 stars
1/19/06 Caiphn Pretty crappy 'bout sums it up. 2 stars
8/31/05 Gus Definitely worth a look 4 stars
8/29/05 John Rechtfertig Kind of fun--kids are good so kids will like it 3 stars
8/15/05 Christina Cliche ?comedy? 2 stars
2/27/05 Jaime Matthew Hilarious, Fun-for-the-Whole-Family movie! 4 stars
2/24/05 Pete Lowry cool - good fun 4 stars
2/16/05 Robert Forester If you love Tom Green, you'll love this movie. 1 stars
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  28-Aug-2005 (PG)
  DVD: 20-Dec-2005



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