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      As Good as It Gets

      1997, Romance/Comedy, 2h 18m

      85 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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      James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson, doing what they do best, combine smart dialogue and flawless acting to squeeze fresh entertainment value out of the romantic-comedy genre. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) is an obsessive-compulsive writer of romantic fiction who's rude to everyone he meets, including his gay neighbor Simon (Greg Kinnear), but when he has to look after Simon's dog, he begins to soften and, if still not completely over his problems, finds he can conduct a relationship with the only waitress (Helen Hunt) at the local diner who'll serve him.

      • Rating: PG-13

      • Genre: Romance, Comedy, Lgbtq+

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: James L. Brooks

      • Producer: James L. Brooks, Bridget Johnson, Kristi Zea

      • Writer: Mark Andrus, Mark Andrus, James L. Brooks

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $147.6M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment

      • Production Co: TriStar Pictures, Gracie Films

      • Sound Mix: Surround, Dolby Digital

      • Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Jack Nicholson
      Helen Hunt
      Greg Kinnear
      Skeet Ulrich
      Shirley Knight
      Yeardley Smith
      Lupe Ontiveros
      Mark Andrus
      James L. Brooks
      Maria Kavanaugh
      Laurence Mark
      Richard Marks
      Aldric La'Auli Porter
      Richard Sakai
      Owen Wilson
      Laura Ziskin
      Judith Owens
      Hans Zimmer
      John Bailey
      Richard Marks
      Bill Brzeski

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      • Mar 26, 2016

        A funny, quotable and immensely entertaining film, As Good As it Gets brings one of Jack Nickelson's best performances and surrounds him with a stellar supporting cast. Not your standard romantic-comedy, that's for sure.

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      • Aug 02, 2013

        Anything with Jack Nicholson is destined to be enjoyable, but in "As Good As It Gets" he extends beyond simply embodying his character, Melvin, a short-tempered and socially inept author with zero filter, and takes the role to an entirely new, iconic level. Nicholson is always gruff and intimidating, but tossing on an OCD, anti-social demeanor to his character takes this romantic comedy to Oscar caliber territory. Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear both reach beyond their normal plateaued performances and give true, believable arcs to these characters, drawing you into the story and reflecting the changes that are happening within Melvin. Although too often delving into that sappy word of melodramatic, romantic blase, "As Good As It Gets" projects a veteran star in an impeccable role that proves he still has so much to offer regardless of age.

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      • Jul 10, 2013

        Forgive the pun, but "As Good As It Gets" is just about as good (and as unusual) as romantic comedies get. Jack Nicholson (who never seems to give a bad performance) is in his best shape as Melvin Udall, a rude but well-meaning sourpuss with an obssessive-compulsive disorder that takes some getting used to. Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear are also both excellent in their roles and the screenplay by Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks is smart, original and amiable. It's a special, lovable movie.

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      • Mar 10, 2013

        As Good as it Gets revolves around three individuals in Manhattan. Melvin (played by Jack Nicholson) a writer who suffers from OCD and puts on an ugly attitude in the morning. Carol (played by Helen Hunt) a Manhattan waitress who has an ill son and has her mother living with her. And Simon (played by Kinnear, who you might know from television) who is a gay painter who has recently been robbed and beaten. Evidently enough they all come together, in none other than a road trip. This is the main problem of this film, it's all so obvious. Just from the opening fifteen minutes and the poster I knew where this was heading. Nicholson and Hunt won Oscars for there performance, and as expected they do there jobs well. The screenplay has plenty of good quotes that are shot at you one after another. I still had many questions about Melvin after this was done though. Was he always like this, is Carol his first love, why does he have a need to act mean? None of these are answered, and while I understand why many find this touching, I didn't get enough out of it. I'm sure romance fans are on there knees when they watch this, but it felt predictable for me.

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