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PG-13| 2 hr. 18 min.

Plot Summary
Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) is an obsessive-compulsive writer of romantic fiction who's rude to everyone he meets, including his gay neighbor Simon (Greg Kinnear), but when he has to look after Simon's dog, he begins to soften and, if still not completely over his problems, finds he can conduct a relationship with the only waitress (Helen Hunt) at the local diner who'll serve him.

Cast: Jack Nicholson , Helen Hunt , Greg Kinnear , Cuba Gooding Jr. , Skeet Ulrich , Shirley Knight , Yeardley Smith , Lupe Ontiveros

Director: James L. Brooks

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment, TriStar Pictures

As Good As It Gets (1997)

Release Date: December 23rd, 1997|2 hr. 18 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • The movie often verges on being too much; Brooks' supreme balancing act is to keep it all under control. show more

  • It's a case of actors and strong writing coming together, and it's uncommon in contemporary movies. show more

  • The material has no dramatic center, a problem pointed up by Brooks' failed solution to it -- his use of an ugly-cute little dog, Simon's pet. show more

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  • December 30, 2009 OneWayOnlyJesus
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    I think this was one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Jack did a fantastic job as this character. It is his best performance in a comedic role. Period. Great role too.

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