• As Good as It Gets (1997)

As Good as It Gets

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 L. Brooks

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Gracie Films, TriStar Pictures

Keywords: Love, Emotional, New York City, Friendship, 1990s, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

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

  • 100
    Chicago Tribune

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

  • 100
    Ann HornadayBaltimore Sun

    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.

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Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Foreign Film
Amandaprisen (1998)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998)
Winner Actress in a Leading Role
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Music (Original Music or Comedy Score)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Best Picture