My Favourite Films - AS GOOD AS IT GETS
'As Good As It Gets' is an intelligent, witty, brilliantly directed, absolutely lovely and perfectly cast film.
It stars Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear as three people with differing problems who between them manage to help each other out.
Nicholson's character Melvin is an obsessive compulsive who can't help being rude to people, Helen Hunt is Carol who has a sickly son and Greg Kinnear is Simon, an artist who loses his confidence, his apartment and hope.
The act of looking after a neighbour's despised dog begins to turn Melvin's life around, and his liking for waitress Carol also helps to awaken Melvin's human side. Burdell is the dog owned by Simon and this helps to bring the two antagonistic neighbours together...over the course of time.
Between them all, as they all support each other, there forms a close, tightly knit bond.
Released in 1997, this film became a firm favourite of mine very quickly, and I've watched it many times since then.
PICTURES PRESENTS A GRACIE FILMS PRODUCTION
JACK NICHOLSON HELEN HUNT GREG KINNEAR CUBA GOODING, JR. SKEET ULRICH SHIRLEY KNIGHT
MUSIC BY HANS ZIMMER ASSOCIATE PRODUCER ALDRIC PORTER EDITED BY RICHARD MARKS A.C.E.
PRODUCTION DESIGNER BILL BRZESKI DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN BAILEY A.S.C.
CO-PRODUCERS JOHN D. SCHOFIELD AND RICHARD MARKS
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS LAURENCE MARK - RICHARD SAKAI - LAURA ZISKIN
STORY BY MARK ANDRUS SCREENPLAY BY MARK ANDRUS AND JAMES L. BROOKS
PRODUCED BY BRIDGET JOHNSON - KRISTI ZEA
PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY JAMES L. BROOKS
A JAMES L. BROOKS FILM
When The People You Can't
Live With... Are The People You Can't Live Without. Buy the DVD!
This page was created 3rd August 2008. Amended 28 October 2020.