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As Good As It Gets (1997)

DVD Cover (Sony Home Entertainment)
Genres:
Comedy Drama, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Slice Of Life
Director:
James L. Brooks James L. Brooks
Starring:
Jack Nicholson Jack Nicholson
Helen Hunt Helen Hunt
Greg Kinnear Greg Kinnear
Cuba Gooding Jr. Cuba Gooding Jr.
Skeet Ulrich Skeet Ulrich

7.5 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Ramone
Added: March 03, 2008
I thought it would be nice for a change to review a lighter movie rather than an epic classic film. For this I have chosen the 1997 James L. Brooks romantic-comedy "As Good As it gets". Starring the master himself Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear, As Good As it Gets is pretty much that, as far as romantic comedies go.

Set in New York City, As Good As it gets tells the story of Melvin Udall (Nicholson), a selfish, obsessive-compulsive, romantic novelist. Across the hall from Melvin apartment lives a gay painter named Simon Bishop (Kinnear), whose life is turned upside down when his apartment is robbed and he is beaten within an inch of his life. Melvin and Simon have never gotten along, having many quarrels about Simon's little dog, Verdel. But when Simon's manager Frank (Cuba Gooding Jr.) asks Melvin to look after the dog wile Simon recuperates, Melvin begins do develop a relationship with the dog that continues throughout the movie. Enter Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt), a single mother and waitress at the only restaurant Melvin will eat at. Carol has a special relationship with Melvin as she is the only one he allows to wait on him. The relationship begins to grow when Melvin starts paying for Carol's medical bills so she can come back to work. As a thank-you gesture to Melvin, Carol agrees to go with him and Simon to Baltimore so Simon can visit his estranged parents to help him in his time of need. The movie shows how people can grown and change even when they in the most impossible circumstances

I have never been a big fan of romantic comedies, although I do enjoy the work of Alain Delon. LB LB. I remember watching this in 1997 and being a really big fan of it. I could tell right away, that this was one that was slightly different. It did have you basic plot of meeting the girl/guy, having fun with them, build up steam, have the falling out and the big romantic gesture at the end, but it was so well written by James L. Brooks and Mark Andrus that I never got that bored, predictable feeling I always get with these films.

The character of Melvin Udall may have been one the best original characters in the last 10 years of films. Not only was it wonderfully written, but Jack Nicholson gave a tremendous performance and gave the character the sarcastic, seedy edge that it needed. Also as the movie wore on, you can see the transformation that Melvin goes through. He becomes more accepting of people and their ways. He begins to actually care for people, instead of treating them as if they're below him. Now I loved the old Melvin just fine, but it is important to the movie that he goes through these things and comes out the other side as better person.

Directed by James L. Brooks from the Simpsons, As Good As it Gets won 2 Academy Awards for Best Actor, Nicholson, and Best Actress, Hunt, I though that Greg Kinnear was robbed by not getting an Oscar for his role in this film, as was James L. Brooks, but you know give it Robin Williams and James Cameron instead.

I highly recommend this movie to anyone that is a fan of romantic comedies or just movies in general. It has a great story and is wonderfully acted. And you can also see Helen Hunt naked, although she looks like a burn victim. LB LLB

9/10.
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Tristan #1: Tristan - added 03/03/2008, 11:54 PM
"I thought you were referring to that coloured man inside your apartment."
"Uh, what colour would that be?"
"Like uh, like thick MO-lasses."

One of the best scenes in a movie, ever. One of Nicholson's best films, and easily one of the funniest movies of the last decade.
Ramone #2: Ramone - added 03/04/2008, 12:06 AM
"Where did they teach you to talk like this? In some Panama City "sailor want to hump-hump bar?" Or was today getaway day and your last shot at his whiskey. Sell crazy someplace else, we're all stocked up here"
Nirrad #3: Nirrad - added 03/04/2008, 01:38 AM
Oh man, I gotta add this movie to my collection. This movie is just plain hilarious. "Don't worry, you'll be back on your knees in no time"
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