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As Good as It Gets (1997)

aka As Good as It Gets

"A comedy from the heart that goes for the throat."

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Details: 138 mins · English · PG-13 (USA)

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When I rewatch this - it was not as good as I remembered, it still has some excellent scenes, but i found myself slightly bored at times. It is still worth seeing beause Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson has some excellent moments - but don't expect to be swept away

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Cast:

Small Melvin Udall
Small Carol Connelly
Small Simon Bishop
Small Frank Sachs
Small Vincent Lopiano
Small Beverly Connelly
Small Jackie Simpson
Small Nora Manning
No_movie_poster Neighbor Woman
No_movie_poster Caterer
Small Handyman John
Small Woman at Table
No_movie_poster Carol's Date
Small Receptionist
No_movie_poster Spencer Connelly
Small Cafe 24 Waitress
Small Policewoman
Small Dr. Martin Bettes
No_movie_poster Detective Ray

Crew:

Small James L. Brooks Director
No_movie_poster Mark Andrus Screenplay
Small James L. Brooks Production
No_movie_poster Kristi Zea Production
Small James L. Brooks Writer
No_movie_poster Mark Andrus Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Richard Marks Editing

Taglines:

"A comedy from the heart that goes for the throat."

"Brace yourself for Melvin."

Plot:

Melvin Udall is a misanthrope who works at home as a best-selling novelist in New York City. He suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder which, paired with his misanthropy, alienates nearly everyone with whom he interacts. He eats breakfast at the same table in the same restaurant every day using disposable plastic utensils he brings with him due to his pathological mysophobia. He takes an interest in his waitress, Carol Connelly, the only server at the restaurant who can tolerate his behavior.

One day, Melvin's neighbor, a gay artist named Simon Bishop, is assaulted and nearly killed. Melvin is forced to care for Simon's dog Verdell while Simon is hospitalized. Although he initially does not enjoy caring for the dog, Melvin becomes emotionally attached to it. He simultaneously receives more attention from Carol. When Bishop is released from the hospital, Melvin is unable to cope emotionally with returning the dog. Melvin's life is further altered when Carol decides to work closer to her home in Brooklyn so she can care for her acutely asthmatic son (Jesse James). Unable to adjust to another waitress, Melvin arranges to pay for her son's medical expenses if Carol agrees to continue working at her previous restaurant in Manhattan.

Meanwhile, Simon's assault and rehabilitation, coupled with Verdell's preference for Melvin, causes Simon to lose his creative muse. Simon is approaching bankruptcy due to his medical bills. Simon's agent, Frank Sachs, convinces Simon to go to Baltimore and ask his estranged parents for money. Frank offers Melvin use of his car for the trip. Melvin invites Carol to accompany them on the trip to lessen the awkwardness. She reluctantly accepts the invitation, and relationships among the three develop. Once in Baltimore, Carol persuades Melvin to take her out to have dinner. Melvin's comments during the dinner greatly upset Carol, and she abruptly leaves. Upon seeing the frustrated Carol, Simon begins to sketch her and rekindles his creativity, once more feeling a desire to paint. He briefly reconnects with his parents, but is able to tell them that he'll be fine.

After returning to New York City, Carol tells Melvin that she does not want him in her life anymore. She later regrets her statement and calls him to apologize. The relationship between Melvin and Carol remains complicated until Simon, who Melvin has allowed to move in with him until he can get a new apartment, convinces Melvin to declare his love for her. The film ends with Melvin and Carol walking together.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1997-12-25 : United States of America

DVD : 1998-05-19

DVD : 1998-05-20