As Good As It Gets (1997)


 asgoodasitgets“You’re a disgrace to depression. ” – Melvin Udall

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Theater in ’97, video, DVD and 11 Jun 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A very opinionated man with OCD befriends a waitress and his next door neighbor, a homosexual artist.

My Take on it – It has now been 17 years since a movie has been able to garner Oscar wins in both Lead actor and actress.

I believe that it has to mainly do with the fact that it isn’t easy to write two completely diverse characters that must work very well together.

This was the second time that this feat was accomplished in the decade of the 90’s (For Silence of the Lambs (1991) by Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster) and only once during the 80’s (On Golden Pond (1980) with Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn winning.)

The dialogue is crisp and witty and we instantly both love and loath the main protagonist played by Jack Nicholson.

The other two main characters played by Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear are both complex individuals that are fleshed out so well,that by the end of the movie we know all 3 of them so well, we have no desire to want to let them go.

As mentioned above, both Nicholson and Hunt took home Oscars for their roles, with Kinnear having to suffice with just a nomination.

Bottom Line – This story has it’s flaws (minor may they be), but the movie is completely carried by the performances of the 3 leads (who all got Oscar nominations with Nicholson and Hunt taking home gold). Highly Recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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13 thoughts on “As Good As It Gets (1997)

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  3. Yeah this movie I found quite surprisingly entertaining. Nicholson really enjoys himself here and Helen Hunt works magnificently. A very good movie. Can’t believe it’s been that long since Lead Actor and Actress have taken home Best Actor award in same movie. . .

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    • Yep. Not the easiest feat to accomplish. Im actually now curious how often it happened. I know 2 in the 90’s 1 in the 80’s and I think 3 in the 70’s. Now im gonna have to check it

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