“The World According to Garp” Review


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The World According to Garp: Directed by George Roy Hill. With Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close, John Lithgow. A struggling young writer finds his life and work dominated by his unfaithful wife and his radical feminist mother, whose best-selling manifesto turns her into a cultural icon.

Robin’s second movie, and it’s not funny. It doesn’t seek out humor, don’t need jokes, and it’s a great look at a few different types of feminism, but man, how did Robin Williams go from “Popeye” to “Garp” then “The Survivors”? Seeing that it’s based on a book make sense, as this story feels condensed down from a much larger piece of work, and I can only imagine what was cut, as there’s a ton of stuff in the movie.

Best part is seeing John Lithgow as a woman, played without any kind of wink or nod, just “hey here’s a guy that used to play football and is now a woman”, nearly not explained at all and never with a tongue in it’s cheek. It’s a good movie, but covers some heavy subjects and ends in a way that I wasn’t expecting.

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