As Good as It Gets (1997) - Comedy, Drama, Romance

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A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.

IMDB: 7.7
Director: James L. Brooks
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt
Length: 139 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 9 out of 100 found boring (9%)

One-line Reviews (45)

Spirit lifting and entertaining movie .

Enjoyable piece of cinema .

My main niggle is that it is way too long; it could have easily been shortened by at least 20 minutes and that would have maybe given it a little more punch.

Its enjoyable because we see an unlikely relationship grow, and having watched many movies, I can always predict that two unlikely characters are put side by side and eventually will fall for each other.

This wasn't a typical romance film because unpredictable it was and pretentious it wasn't.


Mark Andrus's screenplay is unpredictable, and filled with a fresh sense of humour, and some quirky dialogue; there's even one scene where Melvin (Nicholson) introduces Simon and Carol to each other for the first time and he says "this is Simon the fag and Carol the waitress", remarkably funny and many pleasant surprises take place here, and for the most part they work.

This was one of best romantic comedies that has come from Hollywood and it is successful in entertaining the audience.

Just seemed like a boring rom-com with actors I didn't really care about.

Helen Hunt and her unique voice and mannerism made her an unexpected perfect match for Jack in the film.

Brook's comedy is entertaining, notably well-made and a very good film with some great chemistry/scenes between Hunt and Nicholson and a pleasantly satisfying ending; this is unpredictable and most refreshing entertainment.

Predictable but Very Entertaining .

The engaging and captivating story of a troubled insecure man, who then helps and insecure waitress and the unlikely bond they develop to being almost soul mates after some tribulations and self learning.

That said, the way the movie developed (and particularly the rather formulaic ending) just seemed too implausible.

Of course engaging characters and humourous dialogue would be null and void without an excellent cast.

Even though it's a wonderful film in spite of its cliches and predictable nature, the biggest flaw about this movie was that it went on for way too long.

Provided she lives with her mother, her son suffers from a chronic asthma, so she doesn't have time to think for herself, her performance transcends the cinematic banality of her situation.

However, it just completely bored me out a bit since it was 2 hours and I found that Jack Nicholson's really gave out too much jokes that you've heard it all before!

The big Oscar winner for Jack is recent years is enjoyable if you come to it knowing what to expect.

Check it out for stunning acting...

Now, having said all the above, dialog by Mark Andrus and James L Brooks is outstanding and thats what sets this film engaging though scattered and long.

Screenplay is lethargic rather placid I must say and its a long drawn out for nearly more than 2 hours to convey a point and to express a feeling.

But thanks to the compelling performances of the three leads, this film is near perfection.

As powerful as Jack Nicholson's performance at One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, this has to be his second most evocative performance.

Granted, As Good As It Gets is rather well written, the dialogues are often a hit and are well spiced up by a few touches of humour, but with such a predictable and banal story, the film ends up as part of the long list of average to mediocre rom-coms.

It's funny, sweet, and compelling all at the same time, and these are the kind of films which allow me to enjoy the rom-com.

But we see Jack as capable of intense honesty, that I even wanted to reach into the screen and lock a hug with him.

AS GOOD AS IT GETS is an entertaining film, with Mark Andrus's script containing a fair share of witticisms, but the tone changes for the worse as the action unfolds, as director Brooks substitutes hard- edged comedy for sentimentality, with the plot chugging towards its predictable end.

The ending is predictable, and somewhat implausible, as Melvin sloughs off his OCD in remarkably quick time and learns something about how to treat his fellow-human beings decently.

The "impossible pair" setting is always a most common yet compelling stunt in a rom-com, while usually male plays a dominant part, and female part takes some moral advantage to keep the balance as equally as possible to avoid any sexism accusations.

Brooks comes a story that contains so many wonderful and unexpected twists, combining for an on-screen relationship that no one will ever suspect.

He plays this part in a fresh, convincing, and utterly enjoyable manner in every single scene.

Expect to be surprised by this film; the rarity of the magnificent script, combining with the multitude of talent in the cast, makes it magnetically engaging from start to finish.

He speaks too slow and distributes gratuitous rudeness words to everyone around.

The best romantic comedy, certainly the best film of 1997, and one of the greatest films of all time, "As Good As It Gets" succeeds in practically every entertaining and endearing cinematic respect.

Then a third factor is Greg Kinnear's gay artist, which may seem to be the weakest among the trinity, but as the representative perspective from the minority group, his mayhem serves as a more evocative agent to be viewed as the rosy prospect of gay right even in today's time.

I know the movie is supposed to show the routine of these three or four main characters, but it gets boring once nothing much really happens.

Sadly I never had the chance to view it in the theatres, and I as hold back on it with the suspicion that it was going to be an overrated, formulaic, mushy romantic comedy which stars Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt.

Banal rom-com .

First of all, Simon is hospitalized after he becomes a victim of an unexpected assault and Melvin has to take care of his dog (discreetly forced by Simon's friend and art dealer Frank).

Compelling Performance by Jack Nicholson.

I love this movie so much because it shows how when people come in contact with each other, the unexpected often occurs.

I think it is a hard genre to crack as they can become predictable very quickly.

I found the characters to be believable and absorbing.

Overall, great script, I really enjoyed it "and you people are supposed to be sensitive (talking to his gay friend), I'm drowning here and your describing the water".