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As Good as It Gets (1997)

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A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery..

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Beverly
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Verdell (as Jill)
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Neighbor Woman
Ross Bleckner ...
Carl
Bernadette Balagtas ...
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Jaffe Cohen ...
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Storyline

New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Brace yourself for Melvin. See more »

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for strong language, thematic elements, nudity and a beating | See all certifications »

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25 December 1997 (USA)  »

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Old Friends  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,606,928 (USA) (26 December 1997)

Gross:

$147,637,474 (USA) (19 June 1998)
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Trivia

Melanie Griffith was offered the role of Carol Connelly and wanted to take the role but was pregnant with Stella Banderas at the time. See more »

Goofs

When Melvin and Carol walk past the bakery at the end of the movie, the lights come on and the staff in the bakery can be seen working. Before the lights came on, the staff must have been working in the pitch black. See more »

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Dr. Martin Bettes: My wife is Melvin Udall's publisher. She said that I was to take excellent care of this little guy because you are urgently needed back at work. What kind of work do you do?
Carol Connelly: I'm a waitress.
Beverly Connelly: In Manhattan.
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Crazy Credits

In cast credits dogs are credited as: Verdell - Jill Supporting dogs - Timer, Billy See more »

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Referenced in Who Do You Think You Are?: Helen Hunt (2012) See more »

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CLIMB ON (A BACK THAT'S STRONG)
Written by Shawn Colvin and John Leventhal
Performed by Shawn Colvin
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Way to go, Jack!
19 December 1998 | by (Naples, Florida) – See all my reviews

Jack Nicholson is simply phenomenal. Yes, I will give credit where it is due and congratulate Greg Kinnear, Helen Hunt, and Cuba Gooding, Jr, on their fine performances. They are talented. But I am mesmorized by Jack's intricate facial expressions and inflection each time I see this movie.

Critics panned this movie for being totally unbelievable. I would have to agree-why would Carol fall for Melvin? Why does Melvin change his ways after so many years of acid-tongued insults? I don't know. I know people who disliked the film because Melvin was such a you-know-what. Personally, I love the evil retorts he hurls at any innocent bystander. Maybe it's a sick pleasure, but Nicholson's delivery is perfect and I couldn't help but laugh as he takes on everyone.


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