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A Quick Tip by Trekscribbler

  • May 4, 2011
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I hate to admit it, but I've never been a fan of Jack Nicholson.

Also, I've never been smitten with the lovely Helen Hunt.

Lastly, Greg Kinnear has always been REALLY too smarmy for me.

However, somehow AS GOOD AS IT GETS has a special place in my heart.

Nicholson is absolutely fabulous as the neurotic writer who, due to circumstances wildly beyond his control, has to not so much step outside of his comfort zone as he has to destroy the barriers that have isolated him from society when the people that make up the routine of his life -- eating at the corner restaurant, pestering the gay neighbors -- start to come apart at the seams. The crusty exterior, we learn, is just a facade, and the man underneath -- while not perfect -- accepts that life is worth living ... as good as it gets.

Helen Hunt is absolutely radiant in the role as the corner shop waitress who's forced to deal with Nicholson's habits ... and, much to her surprise and the audience, she begins to experience true emotion for the man.

Greg Kinnear plays the struggling artist role to perfection. He has bouts of great self-esteem countered by comic moments of heightened anxiety, and the subtlety he brings to his portrayal is may be all-too-Hollywood but is surprisingly human.

A perfect mix, this film is about AS GOOD AS IT GETS.

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May 04, 2011
ahh..Helen Hunt ;)
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Quick Tip by . January 04, 2012
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I needed medication for OCD after the movie was over. As good as it gets gets better when SSRIs kick in and the credits roll. Honestly its one of the most overrated movies i know of.
Quick Tip by . June 28, 2010
I've seen this movie a bajillion times, and it never gets old. Which is, to me, a good test of a movie's greatness. Greg Kinnear's utterly beaten, sad faces kill me. And I just love Helen Hunt.
review by . April 16, 2009
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review by . January 09, 2001
Pros: Story, acting - everything     Cons: Not a thing     I know, this has been reviewed to death, but I just saw it again and had to laugh all over. Nicholson should get an award for just standing still! His expressions in this movie are priceless, almost makes you forget what an ass he started out to be. His interaction with Helen Hunt (who may well be one of the best actresses around) make this movie not only believable but also heart warming.   …
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Director: James L. Brooks
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Release Date: December 23, 1997
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: James L. Brooks
Runtime: 2hrs 19min
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