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As Good as It Gets


Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr. View All


James L. Brooks (Screenplay), James L. Brooks (Director), Mark Andrus (Screenplay), Mark Andrus (Story) View All

Release: Dec. 19th, 1997
Runtime: 2 hours, 19 minutes
New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast.
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Hunt's acting in this movie is astounding, and there's really not much else I can describe about it other than it's truly amazing what she is able to do, to not only ground the film around her, but to transcend the rest of the characters into a bittersweet reality.
Marvin finds himself accidentally involved with Simon (Greg Kinnear, who should have won an Oscar), a sensitive, gay artist who lives in Marvin's building and becomes part of his life when Marvin is forced to care for Simon's dog after Simon gets beaten up by some thugs through a set-up by a sleazy ....
Melvin enjoys living his routine existence, until Simon is hospitalised and Melvin is forced by Simon's agent (Cuba Gooding Jr.) to take care of Simon's dog.