As Good As It Gets Movie Review 1997

Information and Film Reviews for As Good As It Gets the Movie

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4.0 4.0 from 1 reviews

Entertaining and enjoyable outing from Brooks racked up an impressive list of Oscar noms (including Best Picture). Obsessive-compulsive romance novelist Melvin Udall (Nicholson) is also the meanest guy in New York, liked by nobody and hating all. The only exception is single-mother/waitress Carol (Hunt), who puts up with his annoying habits at the local restaurant where he dines. Forced to look after gay neighbor Kinnear's fussy-but-cute dog, Udall falls into an improbable quest for love, friendship, and a life as "normal as it gets" in this sort of extended-sitcom universe. Snappy dialogue by Brooks and co-writer Andrus, and an easy-going non-stereotypical performance by Kinnear are highlights, almost overshadowing both Hunt's Jodie Foster-like portrayal, and Nicholson's typical but delightful role (both of which won Oscars).


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 130 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Comedy, King of Beasts (Dogs), Writers, New York, New York, Waiters & Waitresses, Gays, Top Grossing Films of 1998, Art & Artists, Disease of the Week, Phobias!, Road Trip, Single Parents
Mark Andrus, James L. Brooks
Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding, Skeet Ulrich, Shirley Knight, Yeardley Smith, Lupe Ontiveros, Bibi Osterwald, Brian Doyle-Murray, Randall Batinkoff, Shane Black, Missi Pyle, Tara Subkoff, Danielle Brisebois, Harold Ramis, Jimmy Workman
John Bailey
James L. Brooks
Hans Zimmer
Lawrence Kasdan, Todd Solondz, Tom McGowan
TriStar Pictures


Oscars 1997: Actor (Nicholson), Actress (Hunt); Golden Globes 1998: Actor--Mus./Comedy (Nicholson), Actress--Mus./Comedy (Hunt), Film--Mus./Comedy; Natl. Bd. of Review 1997: Actor (Nicholson), Support. Actor (Kinnear); Screen Actors Guild 1997: Actor (Nicholson), Actress (Hunt); Writers Guild 1997: Orig. Screenplay; Broadcast Film Critics 1997: Actor (Nicholson).

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