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

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James L. Brooks

Writers:

Mark Andrus (story), Mark Andrus (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Nicholson ... Melvin Udall
Helen Hunt ... Carol Connelly
Greg Kinnear ... Simon Bishop
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Frank Sachs
Skeet Ulrich ... Vincent
Shirley Knight ... Beverly
Yeardley Smith ... Jackie
Lupe Ontiveros ... Nora
Jill the Dog ... Verdell (as Jill)
Timer the Dog Timer the Dog ... Supporting Dog (as Timer)
Billy the Dog Billy the Dog ... Supporting Dog (as Billy)
Bibi Osterwald ... Neighbor Woman
Ross Bleckner Ross Bleckner ... Carl
Bernadette Balagtas ... Caterer
Jaffe Cohen ... Partygoer
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Storyline

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. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Brace yourself for Melvin. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for strong language, thematic elements, nudity and a beating | See all certifications »

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Carol's neighborhood of Windsor Terrace is just off Brooklyn's Prospect Park. James L. Brooks liked the area so much, he considered making a documentary about it. See more »

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When Carol asks Melvin to take her and Spencer to the hospital in his cab, Melvin shouts at a group of school children. One girl runs to the front with her mouth wide open. She is clearly instructed by the school the teacher to do this. See more »

Quotes

Melvin Udall: I need you to chaperone, separate everything but cars. You said you liked convertibles! Now, I'm on the hook.
Carol Connelly: I'm sorry, "the stiff one eye"?
Melvin Udall: Two days!
Carol Connelly: I can't, I work.
Melvin Udall: You get off when you want to.
Carol Connelly: My son.
Melvin Udall: Bettes says he's doing fine.
Carol Connelly: ...Melvin, I'd rather not.
Melvin Udall: What has that got to do with it?
Carol Connelly: Funny, I thought it was a strong point.
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In cast credits dogs are credited as: Verdell - Jill Supporting dogs - Timer, Billy See more »


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You'll Always Be My Shining Star
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Written by Jack Nicholson
Produced by Hans Zimmer
Performed by Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Cuba Gooding Jr., Yeardley Smith, and Greg Kinnear
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Simply great
19 September 2005 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

As Good As It Gets is one of those incredibly moving films that is also hugely entertaining. It's not just a comedy, you can't quite label it a drama piece, it just is what it is; simply great.

What works here so well are the actors and the script. Nicholson and Hunt both won Oscars and they're simply great but Kinnear is no less effective as Nicholson gay neighbour. Plus that dog is amazing as well. This film really relies on great performances and there's no shortage of that here.

As Good As It Gets is also remarkably well written. So well defined characters and completely involving, you quite simply grow to love them and sympathize with their plight. Nicholson's remarks are terrific, each one very quotable (personal fav; I think of a man and I take away reason and accountability).

Direction is first rate, Brooks made Terms of Endearment so it's well established that he's quite capable of making great films. As Good As It Gets is very nearly as good it gets.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Old Friends See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,606,928, 28 December 1997

Gross USA:

$148,478,011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$314,178,011
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1.85 : 1
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