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

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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:

£909,459 (UK) (13 March 1998)

Gross:

$147,637,474 (USA) (19 June 1998)
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In the scene where Carol reads out a letter of apology and thanks to Melvin, Helen Hunt did one take where she read out an 18 page letter in its entirety. See more »

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When Melvin is sitting in the cafe talking to Carol, he removes his glasses and begins to unbutton his breast pocket. In the next shot, his pocket is still buttoned. And in the next, it is unbuttoned as he puts his glasses in. See more »

Quotes

Melvin Udall: I've got Jews at my table.
Carol Connelly: It's not your table, behave! This once, you can sit at someone else's station.
[all the other waitresses gasp]
Carol Connelly: Or you can wait your turn.
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In cast credits dogs are credited as: Verdell - Jill Supporting dogs - Timer, Billy See more »

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SPANISH CASTLE MAGIC
Written by Jimi Hendrix
Performed by The Spin Doctors (as Spin Doctors)
Courtesy of Reprise Records/M.C.P. Productions
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Simply great
19 September 2005 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

As Good As It Gets is one of those incredibly moving films that is also hugely entertaining. It's not just a comedy, you can't quite label it a drama piece, it just is what it is; simply great.

What works here so well are the actors and the script. Nicholson and Hunt both won Oscars and they're simply great but Kinnear is no less effective as Nicholson gay neighbour. Plus that dog is amazing as well. This film really relies on great performances and there's no shortage of that here.

As Good As It Gets is also remarkably well written. So well defined characters and completely involving, you quite simply grow to love them and sympathize with their plight. Nicholson's remarks are terrific, each one very quotable (personal fav; I think of a man and I take away reason and accountability).

Direction is first rate, Brooks made Terms of Endearment so it's well established that he's quite capable of making great films. As Good As It Gets is very nearly as good it gets.


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