As Good As It Gets is a 1997 comedy movie directed by James L. Brooks. Starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt.
Academy Award winner for Best Actor and Best Actress.
In New York, Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) is the most dysfunctional of men, an acid-tongued romance novelist who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. As part of Melvin’s unwavering daily routine, he consumes an artery-hardening breakfast of bacon, sausages and eggs at a local cafe. The only waitress willing to stand up to his sarcastic tirades is Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt), a single mother struggling to raise her chronically asthmatic son. Simon Nye (Greg Kinnear) has the distinct misfortune of living across the hall from Melvin. A talented artist, Simon is the darling of New York’s art world, reason enough to draw Melvin’s verbal fire. These three, none of whom has a chance in hell of finding real happiness, discover their fates intertwined because of a fourth character: an ugly little dog named Verdall. (Filmaffinity)
- “This film (…) creates memorable people, but is not quite willing to follow them down unconventional paths. (…) Yet there’s so much good here, in the dialogue, the performances and the observation, that the movie succeeds at many moments (…) Rating: ??? (out of four)”” Roger Ebert: Chicago Sun-Times
- “Nicholson, Hunt, and Kinnear will win you over as they turn the film into a valentine to New York’s walking wounded”Jay Carr: Boston Globe
- “Smart, funny and often viciously cruel, this is a romantic comedy for people who are too old to believe in fairyales”Ann Hornaday: Baltimore Sun
2 Oscar: Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), Actress (Helen Hunt). 7 Nominations
3 Golden Globes: Best Movie – Comedy, Actor and Actress. 6 Nominations
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As Good As It Gets (1997)
Movie title: As Good As It Gets
Date published: January 20, 2022
Director(s): James L. Brooks