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As Good as It Gets (1997)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Melvin Udall
... Carol Connelly
... Simon Bishop
... Frank Sachs
... Vincent
... Beverly
... Jackie
... Nora
... 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
... Partygoer
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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Old Friends  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,606,928, 28 December 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$148,478,011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$314,178,011
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Uma Thurman was considered for the role of Carol, but the producers turned her down because she was too young. See more »

Goofs

When Carol and Melvin are talking in the restaurant before the trip to Baltimore, Carol folds up the pages of the "Thank you" letter but they are immediately unfolded again. See more »

Quotes

Melvin Udall: I can't do this without you. I'm afraid he might pull the stiff one-eye on me.
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Just after the disclaimer of the American Humane Association (The animals used in this film were in no way mistreated...) there is a second disclaimer stating "The actors used in this film were in no way mistreated." See more »

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MY ONLY
Written by Heitor Pereira and Phil Roy
Produced by Phil Roy
Performed by Danielle Brisebois
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Wonderful
16 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Now I know what good acting means. You are absolutely surrounded with it in this movie. There is not a single actor or actress in this movie that didn't exceed himself/herself. Helen Hunt is great (I don;t know why, but I find her quite attractive) and I won't bore you about the performance given by Jack Nicholson. When I first saw this movie I thought it was really boring and overrated, but I saw it again the second day and immediately loved it. Maybe the ending is a little bogus, but it's a romantic comedy, so it didn't bother me that much. A fairly complicated plot presented with ease and simplicity works perfectly and there's a nostalgic tone to the movie in whole. Maybe because it's a rare occasion nowadays to come across a movie that isn't stuffed with special effects. This is a movie that should be seen on a beautiful day, when you're in a good mood.

Great fun that keeps getting better and better each time I see it. A strong 8/10.


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