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: 56 out of 507 found boring (11.04%)

One-line Reviews (205)

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

Hugely enjoyable and well scripted movie which gets you easily involved with all the characters.

I felt bored a good bit of the movie (and I usually don't mind slow paced movies).

Nicholson's characters transformation from spit it like it is to sympathetic lover is compelling, and Hunt's portrayal of a Mother at her whits end with A+E doctors was played with the tenacity of any parent who has faced brick walls over their children's health problems.

It has some humorous moments, some emotional ones, and some bland ones.

Boring boring boring (but the dog is cute) .

Like all of Brooks' films, this one is well acted and written and it's always entertaining, but it's also unchallenging and cinematically uninteresting, and always feels slightly sanitized, even when it's dealing with rough topics.

But overall I think Jack makes the film come alive, and that certainly makes for enjoyable viewing.

Could this be any more boring?

The Jack Nicholson character, reclusive writer Melvin Udall, is a deeply disturbed individual in dire need of his medication and some intensive therapy.

Great performances in a very good and entertaining film .

While Nicholson has many snappy one-liners and insult jokes at the expense of Greg Kinnear's Simon, the film is still as tragic and as deep as one of Shakespeare's sonnets.

As Good As It Gets is a dull, predictable flick.

It has no plot.

Well worth watching.

Even the dog is a wonderfully entertaining character in this movie.

Overall, this is an enjoyable, unexpected pleasure.

Greg Kinnear- dull as dishwater.

This beast is unbearable, with disproportionately large black eyes straight out of a Walter Keane painting, who actually manages to produce tears when he seems about to leave Nicholson for another keeper.

He and fellow writer Mark Andrus have developed an interesting tale with several plot arcs that are fascinating to watch.

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.

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

Good, but sends confusing messages .

Compelling Performance by Jack Nicholson.

I was bored rigid by these cardboard characters.

This film is a perfect 10, if you have not seen this film, I highly recommend it.

enjoyable characters .

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).

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.

Yes it's quite entertaining, but it's way too long and not half as clever as it thinks it is.

There was nothing sympathetic about any of the characters, and they managed to be supremely uninteresting at the same time.

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.

The combination of comedy and drama was very enjoyable.

The two primary co-stars, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear provide equally-competent, engaging performances, along with Cuba Gooding, Shirley Knight, and everyone in the remaining supporting cast.

This is a true test of a completely-enjoyable presentation - and thankfully, the producers didn't try to cut its length to conform to a more normal movie theater show schedule.

These unexpected feelings, which he has only known about through his literary works so far, are going to transform his life forever...

* * * ½ (3½ out of 5) As Good As It Gets Directed by: Albert Brooks, 1998 A contrived feel-good vehicle obtains a life of its own by way of some outstanding performances.

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 simply goes through a whole heap of boring stuff 3 incredibly boring characters put up with in their lives.

Only Miss Helen Hunt escapes admonition in another role that could easily have slipped over into cliché as the single mother.

All three stories run concurrently and overlap throughout but each is fascinating and compelling in it's own right.


But it is ultimately an empty vessel making a lot of noise.

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.

Jack Nicholson plays, well, Jack Nicholson (ho hum) and Helen Hunt plays the same boring role as her TV persona.

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".

The film as a whole is semi-entertaining.

By the third viewing, I noticed it was too long, some scenes were boring and pointless and I"m sick of the male lead being 30 years older than the female lead.

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

You'd swear JACK NICOLSON was playing himself, he's so on target with his character (Melvin Udall), a quirky, misanthropic writer who thumbs his nose at everyone with sharp wisecracks, delivered in that dull monotone he perfected so many movies ago.

I consider her to be the most mundane and uncharismatic of the modern crop of critically lauded actresses.

The script is fresh and real and it makes watching this movie a totally enjoyable experience.

I left the theater with one more expression in my vocabulary, which is the notion that maybe, this is "As Good As It Gets.

Romantic stories, always happen in places that will just make you feel romantic, which just make me feel bored of.

Hopelessly Formulaic .

Titanic is fine the first 20 times, then it gets dull.

There is no real plot.

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

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.

One of the biggest hits of 1997 and garnering Jack Nicholson yet another Oscar, "As Good As It Gets" is a fascinating comedy-drama.

Most entertaining film of the 90s .

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.

An enjoyable, unexpected pleasure .

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

So you might applaud the fine performance by Mr. Nicholson, but realize the movie is annoying and repetitive.

As Good As It Gets is one of those incredibly moving films that is also hugely entertaining.

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.

I don't want to summarize the movie, for its always exciting to watch the unknown.

One of the few 1997 movies Hollywood can be proud ofPS I watched this movie again after more than seven years and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time around...

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.

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

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.

That probably doesnt make a lot of sense but for me this was a bland and cynical, slickly marketed oscar grabber and should be shown to film students as a warning.

There is another thing I liked about this one - it's very unpredictable.

This movie is also laugh out loud funny, which was unexpected when I first saw it.

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.

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.

Melvin is to be helped along after his gay neighbor Simon (Greg Kinnear) is hospitalized and more unexpected kindness-comes along with waitress Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt) who helps put Melvin back in the human race.

the movie moved along slowly towards a very predictable ending.

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

In short this movie is intelligent, intriguing, hilarious and you get so attached to the characters through superb acting.

It's hard to understand how a movie with Nicholson and Kinnear could be so irritating, annoying and frankly, boring.

On the other hand, this film was quite unpredictable for me.

Anyway, I can personally relate to this movie, which is why I enjoyed it so much.

I think the story of As Good As It Gets is absolutely fascinating!

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

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.

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

In short, this is one of the most brilliant scripts with intriguing characters and a brilliant story.

"As Good As It Gets" is a flawed film, with scenes that drag and an overlong running time, but it's highly enjoyable and altogether pretty well-written.

Ticking for more than two hours and fixating on a singular topic, it is surprisingly intriguing enough to keep us invested in it.

A movie with no gimmick, no real plot, only characters that tie it together.

I must have seen this movie more than four times and every time is as entertaining as it was the first time I saw it.

Of course the outcome of the movie is predictable and a Hollywood ending can't lack from the film.

Jack Nicholson was doing a cliche of a character, and he won.

I saw it the other night on TV, after I enjoyed it ín the theatres in 1998.

The only two possible gripes i have with it is that the storyline progresses a bit too slow at times.

Predictable but Very Entertaining .

Cranky misogynist, an adorable dog, cute female lead, and a gay neighbor combined to produce a boring, disappointing piece of junk.

Simply put, this movie was a very enjoyable film to watch.

Both Nicholson and Hunt won Oscars for their roles and their interplay is breathtaking.

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

Truly enjoyable, well made movie .

Jack Nicholoson might have seemed type cast but his delightfully compluslive obsessive behaviour made his charactur all the more enjoyable to watch.

A few flaws but worth the watch .

It's a testament to Jack's performance for creating someone who is truly an absolute unbearable person to witness.

I found this movie incredibly boring and the script was bland.

My main problem with many of the romance movies now a days, they are all too predictable and they are basically the same old thing, with just a different storyline.

Very entertaining .

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

However: As Good As It Gets wants you to believe that there's an innocent charm to life, and by staying slow-burning conservative and soberly delivering the goods, this is actually achieved.

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.

From laying in bed, to attending school to playing football this slow progression of health to happiness is well and truly heart warming.

This is the second worst movie of 1997 next to "The Devil's Advocate".

Is the film enjoyable?

She is an incredibly boring foil for Nicholson.

Did not expect much of it, but the versatile story, humor that struck me as well the true professionals Nicholson and Hunt made this drama an enjoyable piece of art.

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

As Good As It Gets is actually as good as cinema can get on terms of the craft it carries out from mundane events.

And that unexpected act of kindness-along with waitress Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt)-helps Melvin back in the Human Race.

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

He is just so full on nuances that make him very entertaining.

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.

Banal rom-com .

That said, the movie did have some redemptive features: the dog Verdell was entertaining, even if he did look like a baby insect Chewbacca, and Jack got to spew some choice insults.

It's a good comedy and is worth watching.

But the opposites attract cliché seems to be at work shortly after they meet and gradually learn to tolerate each other before romance enters the picture.

Last nught I sat down and watched and thought it was really boring and disjointed and would not recommend it.

Spirit lifting and entertaining movie .

Otherwise, it was moderately entertaining.

Is very very rare for him to be sweet, however when he does it is so intense, like tropical rain in the desert.

And it's in these moments that Hunt really shines, showing that she's not dependent on the badda-bing pace of something like _Mad About You_ but has that mysterious something that used to be called screen presence, the ability to draw people in even when there's nothing happening.

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.

Quite confusing .

Loved it the first time, bored by the third viewing.

I left the movie wondering if the script was written by an old jerk who accidently wrote himself into the movie.

Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear have an intense on-screen chemistry.

I found the movie to be very entertaining and Jack Nicholson's performance hilarious.

Brooks's execution is what fuels this familiar drama and offers a fresher perspective to it that is brimmed with tiny cathartic notions that are just pills for adrenaline rush to the audience.

Like Dogma, you can accept it seriously or not, and it is simply brilliant to not take it seriously, it is more enjoyable to take it as a comedy, not a drama.

Given the fact that the film is peppered with high priced Hollywood movie stars (Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding, Jr., etc.), it's obvious that it's not a cheap production, so the crowds have to be pleased to some extent, but even the rather conventional path that it follows to the end is made into a tremendously enjoyable ride because of the quality of the performances.

What an engaging, enthralling story: an troubled, insecure man helps a troubled, insecure waitress (troubled and insecure in different respects), and the two form an unlikely relationship from being distant acquaintances (Hunt even exclaims that Nicholson is crazy in their most uncomfortable moment in the film) to practical soul mates (Nicholson to Hunt: "I feel that I'm the only person that knows that you are the greatest woman alive"), through a series of misfortunes, self-explorations, and mutual bondings.

This film is not a big blockbuster which blows you away with superfluous special effects, but rather a slice-of-life story brought to film with fantastic, intriguing, and amusing writing and incredibly vivid, daring, and raw, emotional performances; and though perhaps the plot of "As Good as it Gets" was somewhat predictable, real life can also be, given the same assembly of characters and situations...

I'm sure everyone wanted Jack to shut up and put his glasses on when Kinnear told his engaging story about how his father gave him a "sweaty wad of money".


large screen sitcom received, the result is a drawn out and mediocre affair with too many characters that serve little purpose where a shorter, more focused script would have alleviated the the tediun and seeming endlessness of this movie that could serve as a pilot for a TV series.. The script is awkward and contrived with the characters, especially Hunt and Nicholson, going over the same routine: insult>anger>apology>reconciliation.

It holds up to repeated viewings; the sweet and unexpected chemistry working among the three leads is every bit as effective the third time as the first.

Hitch), they're all so predictable and awfully repetitive.

Very entertaining .

The background music underlines everything in exactly the predictable ways you would think it would.

An intelligent, gutsy and entertaining movie.

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

Helen Hunt also gives a compelling, emotionally packed performance.

Check it out for stunning acting...

In conclusion, to anyone who's a fan of Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, or Greg Kinnear, if you haven't seen AS GOOD AS IT GETS, I highly recommend it.

Uneven, often predictable, but consistently entertaining at 138 minutes in length, "As Good As It Gets" unspools like a long, leisurely situation comedy.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable, highly entertaining and very thoughtful film.

Yes, the story is contrived, not even slightly realistic, nor is it beleivable that Carol the waitress would be in the least bit attracted to Melvin.

As good as Nicholson gets - definitely worth watching.

Many things amaze about the film; just as each story can stand and make sense on it's own so each scene stands in own right and is a perfect and complete whole worth watching and thinking about.

What really makes this movie so enjoyable is Nicklsons scene stealing performance as a guy who seems to have a problem with everyone.

as good as it gets is funny, endearing, touching, dark, sad, cathartic, confusing and enlightening all at once.

Despite the protagonist's eccentricities, this film is painfully predictable.

As Good As It Gets proves that there is still life in the romantic comedy genre, and that intelligent, gutsy films with three-dimensional characters can also be light and entertaining.

The dialogue is so funny and the whole movie is very entertaining.

nice try but boring .

Once into it I began to care about these people, even the essentially bland character played by Greg Kinnear.

), it's an enjoyable ride.

I saw this movie at a particular time of my life and I found it very enjoyable and witty.

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!

Funny, witty, and overall enjoyable.

I have to say that after watching this movie the first time, I totally enjoyed it.

Romantic stories, always happen in places that will just make you feel romantic, which just make me feel bored of.

It is a very long movie, nearly 2-1/3 hours in length - but so enjoyable it seems like one of those shorter hour-and-a-half films.

Her character has the gift to change the life of a cold and boring man like Melvin.

Generally the style is "slow moving comedy" and it works a little more than half of the time.

Keanu Reeves static facial expressions and monotone voice make me gag...

This is one of those rare occasions when Hollywood can bring together major stars and make a literate, entertaining and adult film without 'dumbing down' the content.

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

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.

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

Ultimately an empty vessel making a lot of noise.

I found the characters to be believable and absorbing.

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.

It's an enjoyable film, with some great performances particularly for Jack's best actor performance, and Kineear's wounded likes of Simon.

Boring boring boring.

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

Brooks, directs a 5-year old screenplay and rakes up a pretentious cast of actors.

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

Very enjoyable character study of the eccentric Melvin.

But make no mistake, "As Good as it Gets" is well worth watching for the characters alone, as motley a crew of eccentric, on-going NYC survivors as you will find on the silver screen.

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

Fascinating comedy-drama (spoilers) .

)Needless to say, the performances were top notch (that's why they get paid millions) and made the film worth watching, thanks to Director Albert Brooks.

He is and will be sick in his mind in the most unbearable way.

All I know is that this is one of the most entertaining pictures I've ever seen, extremely funny and quite emotionally affecting in places.

A cliche festival .

I can think of few other times that I was more bored in a movie theater than while watching this film.

Still worth watching.

As Good As It Gets is the worst movie of 1997 with its technical features:Editing is the worst, screenplay is a mess, no camera aspects, no successful sound editing or mixing(no one has no idea how can a puppy murmur through a garbage chute and can be heard inside an apartment unit), art decoration has zero achievement(that's why it's a sit-com) ; at the same time As Good As It Gets is at its best for 4 great performances: Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson at the leading, Greg Kinnear and Cuba Gooding Jr. at the supporting.

Wonderfully entertaining, superbly written and beautifully acted this is a film to be savoured time and again.

And that unexpected act of kindness- along with waitress Carol Connelly- helps put Melvin back in the human race.

While in a Marriott Inn in Oklahoma a couple of years backI watched this movie out of sheer boredom, expecting tosee a ditsy "chick flick".

It was smart and entertaining.

Any more details as to how these three people's lives intersect would spoil one of the most entertaining and delicious stories that was also nominated for Best Picture of 1997.