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As Good As It Gets [DVD]

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)

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  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NV73U0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,788 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally honest comedy 18 Dec 2009
By Stampy
Format:DVD
James L Brooks conjures up a glorious dark comedy with a bravado performance from Jack Nicholson and a wonderfully sentimental Helen Hunt that rightfully won Oscars and is a complete joy to watch and laugh and maybe even shed a tear or two.

Opening with Jack Nicholson's Melvin treating his neighbour's dog with no respect whatsoever and seeing his immediate uncaring action delivers the tone for some dark no holds barred comedy.

Greg Kinnear's protagonist Simon is gay, which Melvin is always keen to mention. Where there has been a heavy stamp on homophobia in recent times it hasn't stopped films and TV shows ruling it out, Little Britain and Scrubs often include such ideologies which provide laughs and thankfully, this film knows it is taking the mike and respects the boundaries of sexual orientation without demeaning the character. The stand up at the end shows that sexual orientation is insignificant to a person anyway. Like Dogma, you can accept it seriously or not, and it is simply brilliant to not take it seriously, it is more enjoyable to take it as a comedy, not a drama.

Bar your gay jokes there is some wonderful comic acting from the stars to gain some chuckles. Nicholson's honest blurbs are hilarious, Hunt's bluntness with Melvin is charismatic and though his character can be annoying, Kinnear brings a slice of depression humour to the picture.

Sex, romance, bullying, robbery, dog bashing, obsessive compulsive disorder, racism and in general any ordinary situation like ordering food gets a full out comic depiction that is simply great. In a world that is confounded by rules it is great to see some people like to break them.

The plot itself keeps itself interesting through some cheeky styling of character development.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest Hollywood films ever? 29 Mar 2002
By Gary White TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Let's get straight to the point. If you haven't seen this film, you're in for a treat As Good As It Gets is quite simply one of the finest Hollywood films ever made. Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt both received Oscars for their performances but you would have to search long and heard to find a film where acting awards were more richly deserved. You will find moments in this film that are some of the most touching, rewarding and uplifting ever seen on the big screen. In parts, it's hilariously funny but though billed as a romantic comedy (frankly, I usually hate the genre) it has an awful lot more than the usual platitudes with which these films tend to deal. With strong supporting roles from Greg Kinnear and Cuba Golding Jr, Director James L Brooks presents us with a wonderfully entertaining and charming movie. Nicholson's performance is as brilliant as we've have come to expect but Helen Hunt's is remarkable - a real tour de force. The nuances and strength of her acting are quite amazing.
The DVD itself is standard - trailers, scene selection, audio set -up but no Making Of, though the Director's commentary is a useful bonus. Picture quality and sound are excellent.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:DVD
At first it seems boring. Give it time. Please give it time. One of the executive producers of the always superb Simpsons, James L. Brooks writes and direcs this superbly funny and slow moving movie about a novelist with OCD who is extremely rude to almost anyone. Full credit has to go to James L. Brooks for achivieving such a brilliant film and having the patience to direct a film where nearly every scene is a slow one and the script is so simple and so out of action. The beaty of the film lies in two areas: The writing and the acting. Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt (she plays a waitress in the restaraunte where Nicholson eats every morning) both put on exceptional performances as their characters while in the script is pure genius as we get some fantastic one liners which will make you laugh out loud every time you see it. Make no mistake, As Good as it Gets is the sort of film you can watch again and again. With great acting, superb lines and loads oflaughs, this is a film that simply cannot be missed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Although perhaps slightly uninspiring to start this has to be one of the most complete stories committed to film. Both leads deserved their Oscars - of that be in no doubt. Stick with it and you will find yourself emotionally involved in a way no film I have seen has quite managed to repeat. Watching it several times is a must - DVD lets you do this in a clean, good quality picture with a fresh bitrate. Also on this disc the director's commentary is enjoyable with many of the film's cast joining in. Overall a film to place on your DVD shelf, erm, now.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment 5 April 2010
By busymum
Format:DVD
A great film for all Jack Nicholson fans, definitely one of his best. One to have in your home DVD collection, as it can be watched again and again, and you'll still be able to laugh at it years down the line!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My (elderly) film buff, mum loved this film... 17 Jan 2010
By B. Bird
Format:DVD
I love it too. I recently sent a copy to my aunt.
In this role, Nicholson is a man you dont know whether to love or hate. As the film progresses, you just fall for his adorable well played character. I watch it over & over. It never dates.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Brilliant As It Gets 31 Aug 2006
Format:DVD
I have only one criticism of this film - and that is that it first appears as generic romcom featuring a lonely heartless man who's life is, over the course of the film, enriched by those around him. Including the token cute animal. I confess, I had to be coerced into watching it by a large group of friends.

However, to actually watch this is to witness the re-writing of the romcom genre. Jack Nicholson takes insulting the people around him to a new and wonderful level, that leaves you crying with laughter, whilst at the same time releasing your inner Melvin and making you feel deliciously wicked at the enjoyment of such base and lowly humour. Helen Hunt is the surprisingly well-coiffed single mother, who remains beautifully human whilst being the heart of the film. Throw in Greg Kinnear and Cuba Gooding Jr's characters as the butts of the gay and black jokes, and you have award winning stuff.

Finally, this film could not be what it is without the pampered pooch that begins the film as the apple of the eye of Simon (the gay neighbour) and transforms into a canine Melvin, even picking up his OCD ticks along the way. 5 stars!
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