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As Good as It Gets


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


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

Released: 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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All the supporting cast are great, including a cameo from Harold Ramis as a house doctor.
Jack Nicholson won his third Oscar, giving one of his most dazzling performances as Melvin, a sexist, homophobic, anal-attentive, germophobic, anti-social writer who it seems has been living a fishbowl existence which has brought him to the belief that the earth was put here to serve and accommodate him and his needs.
He is habitually insulting to everyone, most especially to his gay artist neighbour, Simon (Greg Kinnear), who has the most adorably ugly dog ever.