Robin Williams and Glenn Close play quirky mother and son. Based on the novel by John Irving. Jenny Garp doesn't understand lust or even sexuality so when she wanted to have a child she found a very pragmatic way of fertilizing herself. And then Garp was born.Jenny's unconventionality extends to the people she cares for professionally ; people on the margins of society who are trying to understand their place in a world with too few categories.
At times funny and light and other times tense and strained. The World According to Garp is a complicated story about love and betrayal, healing and good intentions, fanaticism and strength of character when one's view of the world is a challenge to the majority.
In a way, its also about innocence and experience and the tragedies and joys of existance.
As in .. its a tragedy we exist at all. it is a joy we exist at all.
This film always makes me think of Catcher in the Rye. Holden Caulfield is a little like Jenny Garp if Jenny were a surly bastard. The similarities between Holden's world view and Garp's (because of Jenny) are very similar. Life is a journey. Love is an exploration. Being one part of pioneer and one part sceptic is what life is all about for them. If everything is absurd, may as well do what makes sense to you, personally, rather than simply try to fit in for the sake of normalcy.John Lithgow as a transexual makes this film worth watching.