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

Synopsis

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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