As Good As It Gets [WS] [DVD] [1997]

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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)

Special Features


  • Scene selections
  • Commentary track

Synopsis


As Good As It Gets
James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News) directed this $50 million-plus romantic comedy, set in Manhattan. Dysfunctional, acid-tongued romance novelist Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson), who suffers from an obsessive-compulsive disorder, takes pride in his ability to offend. At a nearby cafe, the only waitress willing to stand up to his sarcastic tirades is Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt), a single mother struggling to raise her chronically asthmatic son. In Melvin's West Village apartment building, talented contemporary artist Simon Nye (Greg Kinnear) lives across the hall from Melvin. Simon is the current darling of the New York art world, reason enough to draw Melvin's verbal fire, but Simon's gay lifestyle is further grist for the novelist's malicious mill. These three New Yorkers, none of whom appears to have a chance in hell at finding true happiness, discover their fates intertwined because of the fourth complicated character in the piece, Verdell, a tiny Brussels Griffon dog (played by newcomer Jill, after a 15-week training program). Melvin seems to have no friends or family, and he lives alone, working on his 62nd book. When Simon goes into the hospital after a brutal mugging, Melvin has to take care of Verdell, and the dog actually warms Melvin's cold heart -- to the degree that he sets up unsolicited medical care for Carol's son. Eventually, Melvin is cornered into driving Simon and Carol to Baltimore, and during a hotel stopover, Melvin confesses to Carol, "You make me want to be a better man." The trip becomes an odyssey of self-realization for all three. Locations included Brooklyn's Prospect Park (Carol's neighborhood) and Greenwich Village (where Melvin's building is on 12th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues). Other exteriors were shot in downtown Los Angeles, where a dilapidated transient hotel at the corner of 4th Street and Main was transformed into the chic cafe where Carol works. Sets for the Simon/Melvin apartment interiors were erected on a soundstage at the Sony Pictures lot. Simon's paintings were created for the film by New York artist Billy Sullivan, whose work is part of the modern art collection at NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Jack Nicholson
    Jack Nicholson - Melvin Udall
  • Helen Hunt
    Helen Hunt - Carol Connelly
  • Greg Kinnear
    Greg Kinnear - Simon Bishop
  • Cuba Gooding, Jr.
    Cuba Gooding, Jr. - Frank Sachs
  • Skeet Ulrich
    Skeet Ulrich - Vincent



Overall customer rating

4.9
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie, great price.

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    Jimm
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    Incredibly well acted and written film that chronicles love, hopelessness and mental illness all in one stunningly entertaining package. A must see for any fan of well made cinema.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Romantic comedy at it's best!

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    Firstmate
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    Just a great movie that is well written and has stellar casting! Laugh hard and feel good about people. As the credits roll, you know that this was entertainment time and money well spent!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent movie

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    mzrebelle
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    The movie is excellent! Loved watching in home!! I can start, stop and rewind at will. Watching this movie over and over if I want is a luxury.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    very good movie

    Posted
    mstait

    this is a great movie. it shows that people really can change. it also shows that even the most crazy of people can have good hearts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Got buy on sale, great product

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    gardenperson

    Ordered thru my local Best Buy store at a good price and special free shipping. Love this movie. Jack Nicholson is at his very best.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Take crazy somewhere else

    Posted
    Layz

    This movie has a dark humor that has heart in the end. Jack is really at his best

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie!

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    Theresa
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    Jack Nicholson is a great actor! He is great in this movie!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good XD

    Posted
    JaeAy1019
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    Great film! Jack Nicholson is definitely one of the greats.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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