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Release Date: December 23rd, 1997

DVD Release Date: May 20th, 1998

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 Brooks

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Gracie Films, TriStar Pictures

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  • A brash romantic comedy that has a serious purpose at its core.

  • Smart, funny and often viciously cruel, this is a romantic comedy for people who are too old to believe in fairyales but wise enough to accept a happy ending when that's what life gives them.

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

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