Actors: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about As Good as It Gets|
|Melvin is a hard edged, obsessive compulsive individual. Although he can write books about love and life, his own existance is not as glamorous. After his gay neighbor Simon is brutally beaten during a robbery, Melvin slowly shows a new side of himself. He offers to take care of Simon's dog, and soon becomes good friends with the struggling artist. Along the way, Melvin also finds a interesting waitress who is accepting of his medical problems.
--becky Mann, Resident Scholar
|Writer, Melvin Udall has a heart of stone. The only thing he enjoys is going to his favourite restaurant, and talk to the head waitress. After his neighbour, Simon, is mugged, Melvin is chosen by his lawyer to take care of his dog. At first, Melvin doesn't like this, but then he takes a liking for the dog, as does him. This film is wonderfully funny, and enjoyable. Jack Nicholson, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. have solid performances, with Hans Zimmer's catchy music helping.
--Estefan Ellison, Resident Scholar
|Successful but rude, bigoted, and obsessive-compulsive writer Melvin Udall (Nicholson) finds himself in quite a jam when, on the one hand, a gay artist neighbor named Simon (Kinnear) is hospitalized after being assaulted and Melvin gets saddled with the care of Simon's dog, Virdell; and on the other, the only waitress who can stand to serve Udall at his favorite cafe leaves work to care for her sick boy. Melvin must find some solutions and adapt, and a weekend trip for the three humans enables them to accept one another's foibles and see "the sunny side of life." This movie won Best Performance Oscars for both Nicholson and Hunt in 1998, and did wonders for Brussels Griffon dogs. The supporting cast includes Cuba Gooding Jr. and cameos by film directors Harold Ramis, Lawrence Kasdan, and Todd Solondz.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Obsessive-compulsive author Melvin Eudoll battles with his problems while trying to understand his relationship with a waitress, a dog, and his gay neighbor.
--Emily, Resident Scholar
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Time/era of movie:
Kind of romance:
- romance (general)
Inner struggle or disability
- (man) bald
- (man) average
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
Sense of humor?
- Cynical sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- (woman) medium/shoulderlgn straight
- buttocks and chest
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- general circumstances
- New York
- rude people
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Movie makes you feel...
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
- seeing breasts
- seeing nude female butt
- Some foul language
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