As Good as It Gets

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Sony/Columbia Released 1997

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Director:
James Brooks
Released:
1997
Rating:
PG-13

As Good as It Gets is the acclaimed 1997 dramedy from celebrated director James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News). Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Chinatown, Batman) is an obsessive-compulsive fiction writer living in a New York brownstone, and feuding with the world on a daily basis. Most intimately, he quarrels with his gay neighbor Simon (Greg Kinnear) about his sexual preference and his cute little dog, which Melvin despises because it constantly urinates against the writer's door. Also in Melvin's life is waitress Carol (Helen Hunt, Twister, What Women Want) who acts as his regular food pusher at the breakfast bistro he frequents and must daily content with Melvin's irascibility and peculiarities. Carol has a constantly ill son that puts her in a constant state of turmoil and dealing with Melvin doesn't help. Eventually, these three disparate individuals' lives cross paths when their struggles dictate and they each affect the other in a myriad of illuminating ways.

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    In As Good as It Gets, his (Brooks) mastery of the nuances of language and emotion has turned the most unlikely material into the best and funniest romantic comedy of the year.

  • 60

    The New York Times

    Wicked, but it works.

  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A sporadically funny romantic comedy with all the dramatic plausibility and tonal consistency of a TV variety show.

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Comedy, Drama

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isolation from society, Romantic Comedy, finding mister right, love story, family tragedy