As Good as it Gets details
|Starring:||Helen Hunt, Shirley Knight, Greg Kinnear, Jack Nicholson, Skeet Ulrich, Cuba Gooding Jr.|
|Director:||James L. Brooks|
|Collections:||100 Rom-Coms, Awkward!, Back to the 90s, Halloween Antidotes, Holiday Viewing, Love Hurts, October Picks, Rom Coms|
As Good as it Gets
|Run time:||2 hours 13 minutes|
|Rental release:||21 Dec 1998|
|Subtitles:||English, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Icelandic, Hindi, Hebrew, German, Turkish, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Greek, Norwegian|
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Nicholson is just superb, if you have a big heart watch this oneBy LD from Herts , 05 Mar 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]The film opens in such a way that you are immediately given the ingredients to make instant decisions on your opinion of the four main characters.
Melvin (Nicholson) is an obsessive, cruel bigot, hating everyone and everything and living next to ..
Simon (Kinnear)a talented gay artist who adores his dog
Hunt plays Carol an exceptionally patient waitress, who is the only one in the restaurant that will tolerate serving Melvin, despite his outrageous comment about her seriously sick son who she worships.
The fourth character is Simon's dog. If there was an Oscar for animal acting this dog would get one. Just wonderful!
The film then takes you on wonderful trip on how their characters develop and change, as a result of them being forced into each others company
I will not spoil the film by revealing anymore other than to highly recemmend it.
It's a film that delivered everything for me, with great acting and an intelligently witty and thought provoking script.
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Best romantic comedy I've seenBy a customer , 12 Dec 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideNow, I hate romantic comedies. I hate their unrealistic nature. But this is different. I enjoyed this film because the protagonist was a horrible misanthrope with OCD (although I think many could identify with him, which I like) so you aren't rooting for him. I like how he's a romantic novelist too. He is convinced love is fictional and this also parodies the romantic comedy genre in general. When Melvin begins to change, it doesn't all suddenly get better. He wonders if this is as good as it gets. It's very funny in a realistic way, and it's plot is (more) realistic, and that's why I liked it. I want a romantic film that I can identify with, not some stupid fantasy. At face value, this appears to be a stupid fantasy, but Melvin is still Melvin by the end when he and his love briefly have a romantic moment before the credits roll. Excellent film. If every one of Jennifer Aniston's romantic comedy films had Melvin Udall in it, they might be more watchable.
A fantastic movie to watch, with a great lead performanceBy JafarIqbal (97 reviews) from London , 20 Aug 2013A friendship starts to develop between a gay artist, a single mother working as a waitress, and a misanthropist, when the artist is left hospitalised after an attack. The three start to become somewhat dependent on one another, against their own expectations. As Good As It Gets is one of those movies that I remember seeing the trailer of, but never felt the need to see. Just seemed like a boring rom-com with actors I didnt really care about. As Good As It Gets is, in fact, an incredibly funny and quirky movie that was fully deserving of the Oscars that it won. The script is the strong-point of the movie. Issues of homophobia, racism, misogyny and countless other prejudices are touched with a sharp, cynical twang. Emotional moments are slapped in the face by cutting jokes, never letting the audience settle in. A script is only as good as the people who recite it, though, and theres a reason why Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt both won Oscars for their performances. Sure, everyone is else as just as good, but the two leads are magnetic. Nicholson does a perfect job of playing the grumpy Melvin Udall, and he never really stops being grumpy; and this works excellently in response to Helen Hunts exhausted but ever-optimistic Carol Connelly. The chemistry between the two is top-notch. You could argue that, perhaps, that the film goes on too long. Its over two hours long, when ninety minutes would have been absolutely fine. That extra time allows the film-makers to populate the film with other slightly bizarre characters, all adding to the general acerbic aura of the film. However, its two hours of excellent acting, breathing beautiful life into some excellently written dialogue. Definitely worth a watch.
As meandering as it getsBy RJNeb2 (1017 reviews) from London , 31 Jul 2013'As Good As It Gets' likes to think it's politically incorrect, gleefully parading its obnoxious OCD lead Nicholson as he saunters through life, insulting everyone. And while there's a great deal of pleasure to be derived from Jack's caustic turn, it doesn't obscure the fact that underneath the hood this is a very formulaic rom-com - albeit an exceptionally long one. Hunt proves to be a marvellously feisty foil to her leading (overage) man and Kinnear is surprisingly sympathetic in his first substantial role as the gay neighbour. But there's no way a basic rom-com can sustain itself over 138 long minutes without running out of puff. As this one duly does.
Life is what you make itBy insomniac (93 reviews) from Malvern , 21 Jun 2013I love everything about this film and have watched it lots of times. Jack Nicholson is brilliant as the spiteful intolerant loner with OCD who hates dogs and gays and the world in general. Helen Hunt avoids sentimentality in her portrayal of the waitress with the sick child. And for me the film is worth watching for the wonderful scenes at the beginning between Nicholson and the little Griffon dog who gradually takes control of the situation.
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Is This As Good As It Gets?!By Richie77777 (274 reviews) from Essex , 16 Jun 2013Jack Nicholson has the most irritating dog! 'This is New York. If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!' 'I hope you find him, love that dog.' - 'You don't love anything!' JN's character has got a crippling OCD. Classic Hollywood - JN is looking for love. This movie seems quite dated now. 'I'm gonna miss the excitement, but I will miss it!' No matter how obnoxious his character is, there will always be someone with a curiosity about him. Is it me, or is this film a little obvious? 'If you look at someone long enough you discover their humanity.' 'Just what the world needs - another actress!' Jack Nicholson is an electrifying actor. Other than JN and the lady he gets close to, the acting is hammy. - I don't know whether that's deliberate. I actually think Jack is way too good for this film. - I recently saw him in, 'Easy Rider,' and he really shone. I think the maid, is the actress who plays the cleaner in the Goonies! 'Over a dog!' 'What if this is as good as it gets?!' 'Actually I think that's their technical name!' Jack Nicholson, as usual, is flying. 'Nothing worse than having to feel this way in front of you.' 'Why did you do this for me?!' JN aka Melvin continually puts his foot in it! She was certainly fishing for a complement! 'The truth is you do bother me enormously..' It really does drag its feet.
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