AS GOOD AS IT GETS

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
AUGUST 3, 2013

Anything with Jack Nicholson is bound to be enjoyable, but in “As Good As It Gets,” he extends beyond simply embodying his character, Melvin, a short-tempered and socially inept author with no filter, and takes the role to an entirely new, iconic level. Nicholson is always fierce and intimidating, but tossing on an OCD, anti-social demeanor to his character takes this romantic comedy to Oscar-caliber territory. Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear both reach beyond their regular plateaued performances and give real, believable arcs to these characters, drawing you into the story and reflecting the changes within Melvin. Although too often delving into that sappy word of melodramatic, romantic blase, “As Good As It Gets” projects a veteran star in an impeccable role that proves he still has so much to offer regardless of age.

RELEASE DATE
December 23, 1997

DIRECTOR
James L. Brooks

WRITTEN BY
Mark Andrus
James L. Brooks

STUDIO
TriStar Pictures

PG-13
(for strong language, thematic elements, nudity and a beating)

COMEDY
DRAMA
ROMANCE

139 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
John Bailey

COMPOSER
Hans Zimmer

EDITOR
Richard Marks

CAST
Jack Nicholson
Helen Hunt
Greg Kinnear
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Skeet Ulrich
Shirley Knight

PRODUCED BY
James L. Brooks
Bridget Johnson
Kristi Zea

BUDGET
$50 million

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