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As Good as It Gets [DVD] (1997)

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  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr, Skeet Ulrich
  • Directors: James L. Brooks
  • Producers: James L. Brooks, Bridget Johnson, Kristi Zea
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Norwegian, Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F0ET6A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,409 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Curmudgeonly romantic writer Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) is a neurotic homophobic racist who enjoys insulting his gay neighbour, artist Simon Bishop (Greg Kinnear), and being rude to waitress Carol (Helen Hunt) at his local restaurant. However, when Simon is hospitalised, it falls to Melvin to look after his pet dog, Verdell. An emotional thaw begins to set in, and when Carol misses stints at the restaurant due to her son's asthma, Melvin pays for him to have proper medical attention. A budding romance with Carol is threatened, however, by Melvin's obsessive neuroses. Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt each won Oscars for their performances in this prickly comedy directed by James L. Brooks.

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For all of its conventional plotting about an obsessive-compulsive curmudgeon (Jack Nicholson) who improves his personality at the urging of his gay neighbour (Greg Kinnear) and a waitress (Helen Hunt) who inspires his best behaviour, this is one of the sharpest Hollywood comedies of the 1990s. Nicholson could play his role in his sleep (the Oscar he won should have gone to Robert Duvall for The Apostle), but his mischievous persona is precisely necessary to give heart to his seemingly heartless character, who is of all things a successful romance novelist. As a single mum with a chronically asthmatic young son, Hunt gives the film its conscience and integrity (along with plenty of wry humour) and she also won an Oscar for her wonderful performance. Greg Kinnear had to settle for an Oscar nomination (while co-writer-director James L Brooks was inexplicably snubbed by Oscar that year), but his work was also singled out in the film's near-unanimous chorus of critical praise. It's questionable whether a romance between Hunt and the much older Nicholson is entirely believable, but this movie's smart enough--and charmingly funny enough--to make it seem endearingly possible. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Gary White TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Mar. 2002
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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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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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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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I can't remember what it was that made me go to see this at the cinema but I am sure glad I did. Read a synopsis and it sounds contrived, implausible, a Jack vehicle where he can ham it up (which he does with aplomb). But this film is so much more than that. Nicholson is truly great as Melvin, the OCD suffering romance novelist who lacks any social skills at all, he is anti-semitic, homophobic, racist, dog-ist and hates dirt, contact or any changes to his routine. He is so prejudiced you could almost say he isn't - he just hates everyone. Except he doesn't. He goes to the same table at the same cafe every day - perhaps to indulge his OCD - but maybe because he is in love with Carol the waitress who is the only person who can tolerate him. The film follows what happens when Simon, the gay neighbour (wonderfully played by the straight Greg Kinnear as a proper character rather than a cliche), gets attacked and almost dies. His dog ends up in Melvin's care and slowly but surely the little dog opens up a chink in Melvin's armour that exposes the lonely person underneath. He allows himself to feel - but this means his tightly ordered life starts to unravel and he starts to develop a relationship not only with Simon but with Carol too. As Simon wallows in depression, Carol has problems of her own as her son is asthmatic and is often in hospital. Melvin changes her life when he pays for her son to see a private doctor so that she can continue to work and the effect of this one gesture has an incalculable effect. There is an incredible scene where Carol tries to write a thank you letter and talks to her mother about the way her worries over Spencer allowed her to force down her own feelings of loneliness.Read more ›
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