The World According to Garp
First screened in October 2006 / Most recently screened in July 2016
Director: George Roy Hill. Cast: Robin Williams, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Nathan Babcock, Ian MacGregor, James McCall, Swoosie Kurtz, Peter Michael Goetz, Jenny Wright, Jillian Ross, Brenda Currin, Laurie Robyn, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Victor Magnotta, George Ede, Mark Soper, Warren Berlinger, Susan Browning, Brandon Maggart, Kaiulani Lee, Katherine Borowitz, Harris Laskawy, Lori Shelle, Amanda Plummer. Screenplay: Bo Goldman.

Twitter Capsule: Garp, meet Gump. Gump, Garp. Not interesting as a film. Unusual in fessing up to such confused ideas.

VOR:   Does the movie know how split it is between feminist sympathies and misogyny? What are we to make of Roberta? How inspiring is Garp, really? Offbeat to the point of confounding.

Photo © 1982 Warner Bros. Pictures/Pan Arts

Not yet reviewed in full. C+

(in October 2006: C)

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Glenn Close
Best Supporting Actor: John Lithgow

Other Awards:
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Supporting Actor (Lithgow)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Supporting Actress (Close); Best Supporting Actor (Lithgow)
National Board of Review: Best Supporting Actress (Close)

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