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AS GOOD AS IT GETS

 
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At Theaters: 12/25/1997 On Video: 5/19/1998
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 18 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 129712
Studio: TriStar Pictures
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As Good As It Gets is the story of the unlikely bond that forms between three New Yorkers who don't appear to have a chance in hell at real happiness: an acid-tongued romance novelist (Nicholson), a cafe server juggling the responsibilities of single parenthood (Hunt), and a gay artist whose career is at a crossroads (Kinnear). Their fates intertwine because of the fourth complicated character in the piece, a dog named Verdell (played by newcomer, Jill).

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Romantic Comedy - AS GOOD AS IT GETS is a romantic comedy with a central character who undergoes a transformation from a self-centered, irascible idividual to a reasonably decent human being.  He's a compulsive/obsessive man, so there are times when his behavior can be irritating.  One of the main supporting characters is a homosexual and another is a single mother.  In general, this is meant to be a "feel good" motion picture, and, as such, obeys most of the rules of the genre.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jack Nicholson (Batman, Mars Attacks!)
Helen Hunt (Twister, TV's-Mad About You)
Greg Kinnear (Sabrina, Dear God)
Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Jerry Maguire)
Dir/Prod/Wri: James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment)
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PROFANITY: Strong, but not often.
SEX/NUDITY: Discreet nudity; no sex.
VIOLENCE: One instance.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Occasional casual smoking and drinking.
ACTION: None
COMEDY: Frequent.
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AS GOOD AS IT GETS is really two related movies in one, which explains the surprisingly long running time.  The film is ambitious:  it tries to wed a modern-day, non-supernatural version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL with a traditional romantic comedy.  Director James L. Brooks, who does these kinds of movies as well as anyone in Hollywood, has moderate success.  AS GOOD AS IT GETS is not a positive triumph, but it does bring a smile to the face and, perhaps in some cases, a tear to the eye. 
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Based on an Exit Polling of 177 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
11
High
100%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
19
High
100%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
34
High
97%%
30+Adults (M)
54
High
94%%
30+Adults (F)
59
High
97%%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) is the most dysfunctional of men, an acid­tongued romance novelist who suffers from obsessive­compulsive disorder. Never one to avoid confrontations, he takes pride in his ability to affront, repulse, offend and wound. His targets are random; his aim reckless. Leave an elevator in which he stands; cross a street on which he walks. He is to be avoided at all costs, but some victims just cannot escape.

As part of Melvin's unwavering daily schedule, he consumes an artery­hardening breakfast of bacon, sausages and eggs at a local 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.

Simon Nye (Greg Kinnear) has the distinct misfortune of living across the hall from Melvin in their West Village apartment building in downtown Manhattan. A talented contemporary artist, Simon is a current darling of the New York art world, reason enough to draw Melvin's verbal fire. His gay lifestyle is thus only further grist for the novelist's malicious mill.

These three New Yorkers ­ none of whom appears to have a chance in hell at finding real happiness ­ discover their fates intertwined because of the fourth complicated character in the piece, an ugly, tiny dog named Verdell (played by a newcomer, Jill).

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