As Good As It Gets (1997)
Front Cover Actor
Jack Nicholson Melvin Udall
Helen Hunt Carol Connelly
Greg Kinnear Simon Bishop
Cuba Gooding Jr. Frank Sachs
Skeet Ulrich Vincent Lopiano
Shirley Knight Beverly Connelly
Yeardley Smith Jackie Simpson
Lupe Ontiveros Nora Manning
Jill the Dog Verdell (as Jill)
Bibi Osterwald Neighbor Woman
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama; Romance
Director James L. Brooks
Producer Bridget Johnson; Kristi Zea
Writer Mark Andrus
Studio TriStar
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 139 mins
Country USA
Color Color
A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship

For all of its conventional plotting about an obsessive-compulsive curmudgeon (Jack Nicholson) who improves his personality at the urging of his gay neighbor (Greg Kinnear) and a waitress (Helen Hunt) who inspires his best behavior, 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 mom with a chronically asthmatic young son, Hunt gives the film its conscience and integrity (along with plenty of wry humor), and she also won an Oscar for her wonderful performance. Greg Kinnear had to settle for an Oscar nomination (while cowriter-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
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 5
In Collection Yes
Links IMDB
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.33 (4:3)
1.85 (16:9) Letterboxed
Layers Dual side, Single layer
UPC 043396217096
Release Date 2004
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 - English
Dolby Digital Surround - English, Director's Comments
Stereo - French
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby