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As Good as It Gets -- A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Mark Andrus (story)
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Release Date:
25 December 1997 (USA) See more »
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Brace yourself for Melvin. See more »
Plot:
A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is in an accident. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 43 wins & 40 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Nicholson ... Melvin Udall

Helen Hunt ... Carol Connelly

Greg Kinnear ... Simon Bishop

Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Frank Sachs

Skeet Ulrich ... Vincent

Shirley Knight ... Beverly

Yeardley Smith ... Jackie

Lupe Ontiveros ... Nora

Jill the Dog ... Verdell (as Jill)
Timer the Dog ... Supporting Dog (as Timer)
Billy the Dog ... Supporting Dog (as Billy)
Bibi Osterwald ... Neighbor Woman
Ross Bleckner ... Carl

Bernadette Balagtas ... Caterer
Jaffe Cohen ... Partygoer
Laurie Kilpatrick ... Partygoer

Alice Vaughn ... Partygoer

Brian Doyle-Murray ... Handyman
Kristi Zea ... Mother at Table
Annie Maginnis Tippe ... Daughter at Table
Patricia Childress ... Cafe 24 Waitress

Rebekah Johnson ... Cafe 24 Waitress

Missi Pyle ... Cafe 24 Waitress

Leslie Stefanson ... Cafe 24 Waitress

Tara Subkoff ... Cafe 24 Waitress

Shane Black ... Cafe 24 Manager

Peter Jacobson ... Man at Table

Lisa Edelstein ... Woman at Table
Stan Bly ... Cafe 24 Customer

Randall Batinkoff ... Carol's Date

Jesse James ... Spencer Connelly

Jamie Kennedy ... Street Hustler
Justin Herwick ... Street Hustler

Maya Rudolph ... Policewoman

John F. O'Donohue ... Detective Ray
David A. Kipper ... Hospital Doctor

Mary Elizabeth Still ... Nurse Receptionist
Chloe Brooks ... Child at Cafe 24
Cooper Brooks ... Child at Cafe 24
Sharon L. Alexander ... Female Passerby
Holly Denys ... Female Passerby

Lawrence Kasdan ... Dr. Green
Alison Rose ... Psychiatric Patient

Kathryn Morris ... Psychiatric Patient

Wood Harris ... Cafe 24 Busboy

Linda Gehringer ... Publisher

Julie Benz ... Receptionist

Harold Ramis ... Dr. Bettes

Antonia Jones ... Nurse

Kaitlin Hopkins ... Woman in Lobby

Jimmy Workman ... Sean from the Bakery

Danielle Spencer ... Veterinarian

Todd Solondz ... Man on Bus

Tom McGowan ... Maitre D'

Danielle Brisebois ... Singer

Matt Malloy ... Men's Store Salesman

Paul Greenberg ... Bar Waiter
Kirk Ringberg ... Food Waiter
Dave Hawthorne ... Bartender
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roger Ferreira ... Restaurant Patron

Ava Lee Scott ... New Yorker (as Alba Albanese)

Amy Anzel ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)

Alex Ballar ... Flower Store Customer (uncredited)
Joe Beachy ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Jason Thomas Campbell ... Valet (uncredited)

Bronwyn Cornelius ... Bartender (uncredited)

Dunya Djordjevic ... Art Dealer (uncredited)
Eddie L. Fauria ... NYC Transit Cop (uncredited)
James Gosnell ... Boyfriend (uncredited)
Daniel D. Harris ... Upscale Restaurant Diner / Dancer (uncredited)
Eliza Harris ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)

Maurice LaMarche ... Fred Bishop - Simon's Dad on Phone (voice) (uncredited)

Laura Mayes ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Nicole Salter ... Not Credited (uncredited)
Frank Slaten ... Miffed Partygoer (uncredited)

Oriana Nicole Tavoularis ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Justin Ward ... Diner (uncredited)
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Directed by
James L. Brooks 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Mark Andrus (story)

Mark Andrus (screenplay) and
James L. Brooks (screenplay)

Produced by
James L. Brooks .... producer
Bridget Johnson .... producer
Maria Kavanaugh .... associate producer
Laurence Mark .... executive producer
Richard Marks .... co-producer
Aldric La'auli Porter .... associate producer (as Aldric Porter)
Richard Sakai .... executive producer
John D. Schofield .... co-producer
Owen Wilson .... associate producer
Kristi Zea .... producer
Laura Ziskin .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Hans Zimmer (music by)
 
Cinematography by
John Bailey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Marks (edited by)
 
Casting by
Francine Maisler 
 
Production Design by
Bill Brzeski 
 
Art Direction by
Philip Toolin 
 
Set Decoration by
Clay A. Griffith 
 
Costume Design by
Molly Maginnis (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Carrie Angland .... makeup artist
Linda Arnold .... hair supervisor
Stacye P. Branche .... makeup artist: for Mr. Gooding (as Stacye Branché)
Michèle Burke .... makeup supervisor (as Michele Burke)
Michael Germain .... makeup artist: for Mr. Nicholson (as Perry Michael Germain)
Linda Grimes .... makeup artist: for Mr. Nicholson, New York
Darrell Redleaf-Fielder .... hair stylist: for Ms. Hunt (as Darrell Fielder)
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist: New York
Joy Zapata .... hair stylist: for Mr. Nicholson
Jeffrey S. Farley .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Tom Irvin .... makeup effects (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Amy Herman .... unit production manager: New York
Jake Jacobson .... unit production manager (as John Adam Jacobson)
John D. Schofield .... unit production manager
Denise Sirkot .... executive in charge of production: Gracie Films
Chantal Feghali .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Tamara Smith .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hans Berggren .... dga trainee
William M. Connor .... second assistant director
Shari Nicotero .... second second assistant director (as Shari Hanger)
Susan Perlman .... dga trainee: New York
Aldric La'auli Porter .... first assistant director (as Aldric Porter)
 
Art Department
Rochelle S. Allen .... art department assistant
Philip Canfield .... leadman: New York (as Phil Canfield)
Teresa Carriker-Thayer .... art director: New York
Martin Charles .... graphic designer
Gary Deaton .... construction coordinator (as Gary L. Deaton)
Robert Griffon Jr. .... property master: New York (as Bobby Griffon)
Bart C. Hubenthal .... set dresser
Jacqueline Jacobson Scarfo .... set decorator: New York (as Jacqueline Jacobson)
Todd Jacques .... set dresser
Scott G. Jones .... set dresser
Jeff Machala .... assistant property master (as Jeffrey Machala)
John Maskovich .... set dresser (as John D. Maskovich)
Masako Masuda .... assistant art director
John Hammer Maxwell .... set dresser (as John H. Maxwell)
John Naehrlich .... lead man
Gary Rizzo .... set dresser
Brana Rosenfeld .... assistant set decorator
Ivy Shapiro .... art consultant
Billy Sullivan .... artwork: by Simon's
Mark Wade .... property master
Salvador Anaya .... plasterer (uncredited)
Conny Boettger .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
William Boyd .... general foreman (uncredited)
Chris Buchinsky .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Thomas Cooper .... propmaker (uncredited)
Cosmas A. Demetriou .... set designer (uncredited)
Jann K. Engel .... set designer (uncredited)
Janice Irwin .... art department coordinator: New York City (uncredited)
Robert E. Knight .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Mark Kudra .... set dresser (uncredited)
Brick Mason .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Tony Miller .... lead plaster foreman (uncredited)
Rosalie Russino .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Louis Zamora .... labor foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ron Bartlett .... re-recording mixer
George Campos .... apprentice sound editor
Matt Colleran .... recordist
Don Coufal .... boom operator
Dennis Drummond .... supervising sound editor
Kim Drummond .... dialogue editor (as Kim Haves)
Patrick Drummond .... sound effects editor
Richard Duarte .... foley mixer
Kira Edmunds .... assistant sound editor
Christopher Flick .... foley editor
David Giammarco .... supervising sound editor
Jeff Gomillion .... adr mixer (as Jeff Gomillian)
Galen Goodpaster .... first assistant sound editor
Gary Holland .... cable
Spike Allison Hooper .... adr assistant
Chris Jenkins .... re-recording mixer
Darren King .... dialogue editor
Kathleen King .... boom operator: New York
Jonathan Klein .... foley editor
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... adr editor
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist (as Andy Malcom)
Cindy Marty .... sound effects editor
Rob Nokes .... sound editorial technical support: Sound Dogs, Inc.
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Rudy Pi .... recordist
Joe Schiff .... adr assistant
Mark Smith .... re-recording mixer
Renee Tondelli .... adr supervisor (as Renée Tondelli)
Jerome R. Vitucci .... sound mixer: New York (as Jerome Vitucci)
Bill Ward .... assistant sound editor
Jeff Wexler .... sound mixer
Mark Yardas .... dialogue editor
Nigel Bunyan .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Benjamin Cheah .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Kevin Globerman .... second sound engineer (uncredited)
Bruno Roussel .... assistant sound engineer (uncredited)
Gregg Silk .... second sound engineer (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Claudine Ward .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bill Doane .... special effects coordinator (as William B. Doane)
Al Griswold .... special effects coordinator: New York (as Albert Griswold)
Harold McConnell Jr. .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Megan Brown .... texture animator: SPI
Suzy Brown .... texture animator: SPI
Mark Dornfeld .... digital visual effects: Buena Vista Imaging
Lisa Kahatriya .... rotoscoper: SPI
John Ly .... technical assistant: SPI
Tim McGovern .... visual effects supervisor: SPI
George Merkert .... visual effects producer: SPI
Hal Miles .... rotoscoper: SPI
Felix Ojeda .... compositor: SPI
Megan Omi .... compositor: SPI
Todd Pilger .... technical designer: SPI
Laurence Treweek .... lead technical supervisor: SPI
Guy Wiedmann .... visual effects editor: SPI
Brian Allan .... optical camera (uncredited)
Peter Anderson .... visual effects photography (uncredited)
Jason Dost .... digital scanner operator (uncredited)
Anthony Harris .... timing coordinator: SPI (uncredited)
Bernice Howes .... visual effects vendor producer (uncredited)
Dean Lyon .... compositing supervisor (uncredited)
Paul Taglianetti .... digital effects producer: Caliban Filmworks (uncredited)
 
Stunts
BJ Davis .... NYC 2nd Unit/Aerial stunt coordinator
BJ Davis .... stunts (as B.J. Davis)
Ken Fritz .... stunt coordinator
Bryce Gregory .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts (as Gene Le Bell)
Phil O'Dell .... stunts
Denise Lynne Roberts .... stunts
Felipe Savahge .... stunts
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
Chester E. Tripp III .... stunts (as Chester Tripp)
Pete Turner .... stunts
BJ Davis .... stunt double: Jack Nicholson (uncredited)
Julia Davis .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Julia Davis .... stunt double: Helen Hunt (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Greg Addison .... chief lighting technician: New York
James Bartolomeo .... second assistant camera: New York
David Burnett .... assistant chief lighting technician (as David R. Burnett)
Mike Connors .... dolly grip (as Michael Connors)
Steve Craft .... "b" camera second assistant
John Dolan .... key grip: New York
Jeff Hand .... "b" camera first assistant: New York
Michael M. Krevitt .... key grip
Gábor Kövér .... "b" camera operator: New York (as Gabor Kover)
Michael Martinez .... second assistant camera
Mike Moyer .... chief lighting technician
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer
Paul Plannette .... "b" canera first assistant
Al Rodgers .... "b" camera second assistant: New York
Michael Stone .... camera operator
Donald E. Thorin Jr. .... first assistant camera
Demmie Todd .... still photographer: New York
Rick Tschudin .... "b" camera operator
Richard Turner .... "b" camera operator
Thomas D. Wazney .... best boy grip
John Baer .... still photographer: New York re-shoots (uncredited)
Mike Bonnaud .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Chuck Cohen .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Xiomara Comrie .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit (uncredited)
Eric Vincent Cruse .... grip (uncredited)
Mike Gerzevitz .... electrician (uncredited)
Oscar Gomez .... best boy rigging grip (uncredited)
Scott Graves .... gaffer (uncredited)
Mark Gutterud .... assistant camera: dog unit (uncredited)
David Katz .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Bob Leitelt .... key grip: additional photography (uncredited)
Hugh McCallum .... additional rigging grip (uncredited)
Kevin McKenna .... video assist operator (uncredited)
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam (uncredited)
Douglas Pellegrino .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Jeff Pelton .... camera loader (uncredited)
Chris Rosen .... electrician (uncredited)
Chis Rountree .... grip (uncredited)
Ralph Scherer .... key grip: second unit (uncredited)
Sam Urdank .... still photographer: additional photography, Los Angeles (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Kathryn Eisenstein .... casting associate (as Katherine Eisenstein)
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting: New York
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daniel J. Adkins .... costume supervisor: New York
Donna D. Casey .... assistant costume designer
James Lapidus .... costumer (as James Henry Lapidus)
Elaine Ramires .... wardrobe supervisor (as Elena Del Rio)
Heidi Shulman .... costume supervisor: New York
Mary Elizabeth Still .... costumer
Debbie Travis .... costumer: to Mr. Nicholson (as Deborah Travis)
Philip Maldonado .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
John Bickford .... dailies timer
Gena Bleier .... assistant editor
Laura Congleton .... assistant editor (as Laura H. Congleton)
Jeffrey Ford .... first assistant editor (as Jeff Ford)
Dale E. Grahn .... color timer
Heather Hughes .... assistant editor
Lori C. Ingle .... associate editor
Marisa Morabito .... editorial production assistant
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Hilary Schroeder .... assistant editor
Tony Solomons .... assistant editor
Sarah Thiessen .... assistant editor (as Sarah K. Thiessen)
John Scott Cook .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Dale Jones .... avid technician (uncredited)
Eric Rigney .... avid technician (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Chris Douridas .... song consultant
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator (as Bruce L. Fowler)
Harry Gregson-Williams .... music conductor
Zigmund Gron .... music editor
Michael Lang .... soloist: Melvin's piano (as Mike Lang)
Alan Meyerson .... score mixer
Alan Meyerson .... score recordist
Rupert Nadeau .... assistant music editor
Jeffrey Pollack .... music supervisor
Lucas Richman .... music conductor
Adam Milo Smalley .... music editor (as Adam Smalley)
Marc Streitenfeld .... technical score advisor
Nico Abondolo .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Philip Ayling .... musician: oboe (uncredited)
Marc Caruso .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Brian Dembow .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Steve Erdody .... musician: cello solo (uncredited)
Walt Fowler .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jo Ann Kane .... music preparation (uncredited)
Jim Kanter .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Katie Kirkpatrick .... musician: harp (uncredited)
Armen Ksajikian .... musician: cello solo (uncredited)
Claude Letessier .... consultant: musical score (uncredited)
Brian L. McCarty .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Ladd McIntosh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Yvonne S. Moriarty .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ralph Morrison .... musician: violin (uncredited)
David Riddles .... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
James Walker .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Hans Zimmer .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Vince del Castillo .... transportation captain (as Vincent Del Castillo)
Pat King .... transportation co-captain: New York
Richard McLaughlin .... transportation co-captain
Edward O'Donnell .... transportation captain: New York (as Eddie O'Donnell)
Mike Storc .... transportation (uncredited)
Scotty Goudreau .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Trish Adlesic .... assistant location manager: New York (as Patricia Adlesic)
Chad Ahrendt .... production assistant
Petra Alexandria .... assistant: to Mr. Mark
Declan Baldwin .... location manager: New York
Nathan Barr .... assistant: to Mr. Zimmer
Raymond W. Beal .... animal trainer
Stacey Berns .... assistant: to Ms. Hunt
Brian Black .... production assistant
Bruce A. Block .... special consultant (as Bruce Block)
Arthur L. Brody .... psychiatric consultant (as Dr. Arthur L. Brody M.D.)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot: New York
S. Todd Christensen .... assistant location manager (as Todd Christensen)
Ralph Coleman .... location manager
George Davis .... production secretary (as George A. Davis)
Matilda de Cagny .... animal trainer (as Mathilde DeCagny)
Deirdre Donohue .... production coordinator: New York (as Deirdre Cook)
Stephen Douglas .... additional artwork: by Film Art, L.A.
Alex Fernández .... production assistant: New York
Pablo Ferro .... designer: main title
Giela Fredman .... assistant accountant
Susanna Horng .... production secretary: New York
Karen R. Jones .... unit publicist
David A. Kipper .... medical consultant (as Dr. David A. Kipper)
Diane Krakower .... assistant: to Mr. Nicholson
Karen Maidment .... psychiatric consultant
Andy Mensing .... production assistant: New York
Eric Mention .... production assistant
Scott R. Meyers .... production assistant (as Scott Meyers)
Scott R. Meyers .... production assistant: New York (as Scott Meyers)
Debbie Modrow .... assistant: Mr. Kinnear
Brendan Murphy .... assistant: to Mr. Brooks
Moanike'ala Nakamoto .... assistant: to Mr. Zimmer
Felicia Nalivansky .... assistant: to Mr. Sakai
John Nava .... additional artwork
Chris Palzis .... production assistant
Kristen Ploucha .... production assistant
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor (as Raymond Quiroz)
Mike Revell .... production accountant: New York (as Michael J. Revell)
Marge Rowland .... production accountant (as Marguerite Rowland)
Jason Rubenstein .... production assistant: New York
Sanjaya Saxena .... psychiatric consultant (as Dr. Sanjaya Saxena M.D.)
Miriam Schapiro .... assistant production coordinator: New York
Roger Schumacher .... head animal trainer
Joan Semmel .... additional artwork by
John Shaw .... production assistant: New York
Richard Shebairo .... loaner: artwork
Bronwyn Shepperson .... assistant: to Mr. Schofield
Ted Sroka .... production assistant
Shawn Suttles .... assistant: to Mr. Gooding
Michael Tubre .... production assistant
Derek Wade .... assistant production office coordinator (as Derek M. Wade)
Chad Woelki .... production assistant
Yvonne Yaconelli .... production office coordinator
David Yang .... assistant: to Ms. Johnson
Tamsin Anstey .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Crista Birgy .... second assistant accountant (uncredited)
Mike Bodkin .... intern (uncredited)
Judith M. Brown .... studio teacher (uncredited)
Justin Caine Burnett .... assistant: Mr. Zimmer (uncredited)
Neil Clark .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Faith Conroy .... script supervisor: second unit (uncredited)
Kathleen Corgan .... location scout (uncredited)
Bronwyn Cornelius .... assistant: John D. Schofield (uncredited)
Susie Fallon .... assistant locations: New York (uncredited)
Paul D. Fischer .... production assistant (uncredited)
Stefan Gesek .... location assistant (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
Tom Lackey .... location scout (uncredited)
Christopher Lee .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Eric Mansur .... assistant: Laurence Mark (uncredited)
John Michael Sudol .... production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Miller .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Matthew Moriarty .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael Parks .... location manager: preparation (uncredited)
Vernon Rodriquez .... parking assistant (uncredited)
Jodi Shapera .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Debbie-Lynn Siegel .... payroll accountant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Julie Ansell .... special thanks to
Michael Besman .... special thanks to
Ted Bessell .... this film is dedicated to
Boo .... this film is dedicated to
Diane Brooks .... this film is dedicated to
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 on appeal for strong language, thematic elements, nudity and a beating (re-rating on appeal)
Runtime:
139 min
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Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Austria:6 | Belgium:KT | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:TE | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Germany:6 (bw) | Hong Kong:IIA | Iceland:L | Italy:T | Mexico:B | Netherlands:12 | Norway:11 | Peru:PT | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:PG-13 (certificate #35079) (re-rating on appeal) | USA:R (original rating)

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Trivia:
Woody Harrelson read for the part of Simon. According to Harrelson, he "went too femme on it". The audition took place at Nicholson's home and Harrelson admits that he was nervous meeting him.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The length of the dog's hair (especially on its legs) changes inconsistently throughout the movie.See more »
Quotes:
Frank Sachs:Can you drive him?
Melvin Udall:Think white, and get serious!
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Soundtrack:
CLIMB ON (A BACK THAT'S STRONG)See more »

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What is that song Vincent plays in Simon's studio?
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107 out of 138 people found the following review useful.
As Good as Romantic Comedies Get, 18 October 2004
Author: CurtMan@LVCM.com from Las Vegas, NV

"As Good As It Gets" boasts a splendid, delightful combination of wonderful, zesty acting and a remarkably bright and effective screenplay. Jack Nicholson is pitch-perfect as the obsessive-compulsive curmudgeon Melvin Udall, who possesses some of the strangest and most curious tendencies ever concocted by screenwriters; his Udall is so human, so heartfelt, so genuine, and so whimsical and Nicholson perfects him to such a degree that not a moment of his screen time is unwanted or uninteresting: in my valid opinion, this is Nicholson's best performance of his career, and one of the most reverent performances in film history. What an engaging, enthralling story: an troubled, insecure man helps a troubled, insecure waitress (troubled and insecure in different respects), and the two form an unlikely relationship from being distant acquaintances (Hunt even exclaims that Nicholson is crazy in their most uncomfortable moment in the film) to practical soul mates (Nicholson to Hunt: "I feel that I'm the only person that knows that you are the greatest woman alive"), through a series of misfortunes, self-explorations, and mutual bondings. Kinnear's character Simon has the distinct purpose in being both the bridge and the divider of Nicholson and Hunt's relationship, and he identifies with his character with compassion and understanding, as he has frequently been wronged throughout his existence. The most curious aspect to a story such as this, involving such unduly, diverse characters: a miserable recluse, a zesty, yet insecure waitress, and a sensitive and insightful, yet wronged homosexual, is that in their distinct differences, they share many of the same problems, and these problems eventually bring them all together, although hardly in a civilized manner. I appreciated practically every element in this wonderful, delightful masterpiece of exemplary romantic comedy, in its indelible acting (Oscars well deserved), its whimsical, touching screenplay (This was neons above "Good Will Hunting"'s quality) and its comforting morale, that despite all of the great odds in life which prevent us from being happy, we can perhaps find it within ourselves to take that one important step in reversing our fortunes, in "stopping with taking pills" and to allow our lives, and our desires to shine and be realized, as this story depicts life. The best romantic comedy, certainly the best film of 1997, and one of the greatest films of all time, "As Good As It Gets" succeeds in practically every entertaining and endearing cinematic respect. **** out of ****

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