Friday, September 27, 2013

As Good As It Gets

1997 American Feature

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr., Skeet Ulrich, Shirley Knight, Yeardley Smith, Lupe Ontiveros and Harold Ramis
Director: James L. Brooks
Writers: Mark Andrus and James L. Brooks

Chronic grouch and acerbic author Melvin Udall lives in an obsessive-compulsive fog, rigidly following his daily routine until he's reluctantly drawn into the lives of stressed-out single mom Carol Connelly, gay neighbor Simon Bishop and his dog Verdell.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 86% / Audience: 81%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 67% / Audience: 8.1%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available


  • Academy Awards for Best Actor (Nicholson) and Actress (Hunt); also nominated for Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Kinnear), Original Screenplay, Original Musical or Comedy Score and Film Editing.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor (Nicholson); also nominated for Best Picture.
  • Directors Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical, Actor - Comedy/Musical (Nicholson) and Actress - Comedy/Musical (Hunt); also nominated for Best Director, Supporting Actor (Kinnear) and Original Screenplay.
  • London Critics Circle Film Award for Actor of the Year (Nicholson).
  • National Board of Review Awards for Best Actor (Nicholson) and Supporting Actor (Kinnear).
  • Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor (Nicholson).
  • Producers Guild of America Award nomination for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Male Actor in a Leading Role (Nicholson) and Female Actor in a Leading Role (Hunt).
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Original Screenplay.

  • Casting Call: John Cusack, Melanie Griffith, Woody Harrelson, Holly Hunter, Kevin Kline, Courtney Love, Uma Thurman, John Travolta and Betty White.
  • Potential Director: Mike Newell.
  • Several now-familiar faces appear in bit roles in the film, including Julie Benz, Lisa Edelstein, Peter Jacobson, Jamie Kennedy, Missi Pyle and Maya Rudolph.
  • Writer/directors Lawrence Kasdan and Todd Solondz make cameo appearances in the film.

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