Review Written by: Michael Courtney
Directed by: James L. Brooks
Written by: James L. Brooks and Mark Andrus
Produced by: James L. Brooks, Bridget Johnson and Kristi Zea
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr, Shirley Knight, Yeardley Smith
Buy it!, Buy it, rent it or skip it: Buy it!
Once in a great while a film comes along that changes your perspection on life and As Good As It Gets
for me was one of those films. Now, I know some didn't walk out of the theatres in 1997 with a different look on life, some maybe thought this was a humorous, little romantic comedy. Well, apperently they didn't watch the movie hard enough. This film changed my life for many reasons, for one this film made me think twice about some people in my life and evaluating why they act like they do. In this film an obsessive compulsive writer named Melvin Udall (played by my favorite actor, Jack Nicholson) is a very bitter, very grumpy, very misunderstood man who seems to hate everyone and everything and then when his gay painter neighbor Simon (played by Greg Kinnear) who Melvin dispises because of his parties and his dog (who likes to pee on Melvin's doormat) gets attacked, then along comes an angel in disguise in the form of a little puppy. After Simon gets attacked, Melvin is forced by Simon's manager (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.) to dogsit for him. It turns out to be the best thing to ever happen to him, because the dog brings out the best in Melvin and it reveals to his waitress, (and crush), played by Helen Hunt, that Melvin isn't just a racist, bitter, old man, he's also a human being.
The second reason this film changed my life is because of the fantasic, fabulous, performences. I think Jack gave the best performance in the last 15 years. Along with the great supporting cast I mentioned including an Acadamy Award winning performance for Hunt and a Acadamy Award nominated performance for Kinnear. The third and final reason it changed my life is simply because it is a funny, brilliant love story. Finally in Melvin's life he may have found out what love really was, but since Hunt and Nicholson's characters, both have serious problems, you wonder until the ending what will become of thier relationship.
If you are a huge super fan of Jack Nicholson's, like I am, you know, we rarely ever get to see him in personal interviews or anything unscripted. This is why one reason I was super excited about buying this DVD is because in the special features you get some hilarious commentary by Nicholson himself, along with James L. Brooks, Greg Kinnear and Helen Hunt. If that itself isn't reason enough for purchesing this rare brilliant comedy and love story, I don't know what is.
This is definatly one movie that film lovers can't get enough of.