As Good As It Gets

Oscar Winner

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Romance
Release Date: December 23, 1997

Current rating: Rating: 4.55
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Cast: Skeet Ulrich, Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Shirley Knight, Yeardley Smith, James L. Brooks, Jamie Kennedy


Melvin Udall is the most dysfunctional of men, an acid-tongued romance novelist who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. As part of Melvin's unwavering daily routine, he consumes an artery-hardening breakfast of bacon, sausages and eggs at a local cafe. The only waitress willing to stand up to his sarcastic tirades is Carol Connelly, a single mother struggling to raise her chronically asthmatic son.

Simon Nye has the distinct misfortune of living across the hall from Melvin. A talented artist, Simon is the darling of New York's art world, reason enough to draw Melvin's verbal fire.

These three, none of whom has a chance in hell of finding real happiness, discover their fates intertwined because of a fourth character: an ugly little dog named Verdall.

Director: James L. Brooks
Studio: TriStar Pictures
Producer(s): James L. Brooks, Bridget Johnson, Kristi Zea
Screenplay: Mark Andrus, James L. Brooks

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