As Good As It Gets

Director: James L. Brooks
Genre: Comedy, Drama and Romance
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr., Shirley Knight
Trivia: Over $67 mil in rentals (USA)
Trivia: The role of Melvin Udall and Carol Connelly was initially offered to John Travolta and Holly Hunter.
Memorable Quotes:-
Carol: Have you ever let a romantic moment make you do something that you knew was stupid?
Melvin Udall: I’ve got a really great compliment for you, and its true.
Carol Connelly: I’m so afraid you’re about to say something awful.
Melvin Udall: Don’t be pessimistic, it’s not your style. Anyway, here goes: I’ve got this, what, ailment. Now, my doctor, this shrink I used to go to all the time, says that in fifty to sixty percent of cases, a pill really helps. I HATE pills, hate them. I’m using the word “hate” about pills. Anyway, my compliment to you is the night after you came over and said that you would never… well, you were there, you know what you said. Anyway, the very next morning, I started taking the pills.
Carol Connelly: I don’t quite get how that’s a compliment for me.
Melvin Udall: You make me want to be a better man.
[after telling Carol that he thinks she’s the greatest woman on Earth]
Melvin Udall: Is that something that’s bad for you to be around, for you?
Carol Connelly: No.
[after Carol arrives at Melvin’s apartment in the middle of the night]
Carol Connelly: I’m not going to sleep with you! I will *never* sleep with you, never, ever! Not ever!
Melvin Udall: I’m sorry, but we don’t open for the “no sex-odes” until 9 am.

Original one liners, great story line. I always pull this movie out and rewatch it. There are few words in my mind that can actually describe this movie – simply put an amazing movie. The acting hits a degree of excellence that really hasn’t been matched in modern movies today. Jack Nicholson is one of my favorite actors, and he’s no exception to excellence here. So is Helen Hunt who gives such a good performance.

Both leading actors deserved the Oscars for their effort. It’s a sweet movie that earns its sentimentality. I am constantly engaged when I watch this film. James L. Brooks does a good job of making us care for these characters, hoping that they’ll improve their lives. How a single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist bound into a friendship tells you alot about one of the best screenplays ever in the history of Hollywood.


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