The World According to Garp
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The World According to Garp
The 1982 film version of the John Irving novel The World According to Garp attempts to captures the quirky spirit while condensing the Irving original. Robin Williams plays the title character, the son of unmarried, unorthodox feminist Jenny Fields (Glenn Close, in her film debut). Every effort made by Jenny to broaden Garp's outlook on life -- she even arranges for him to spend the night with a hooker (Swoosie Kurtz) -- crams more fears and phobias into his psyche. Aspiring to become a novelist, Garp succeeds in this goal at the same time that his mother publishes her first feminist… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"Robin Williams displays the acting chops that would later win him an Oscar"
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"seems to waver between almost sitcom-like normality, and bizarre outlandishness"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Good effort, sometimes nearly great"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"True to the spirit of the novel, the film compels us to consider the ambiguities of love, death, sex, and violence that characterize modern life."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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