As Good As It Gets


(out of 5)

 is an anti-everything curmudgeon who finds a kindred spirit in emotionally battered waitress  is a lonely painter in Nicholson’s building who is befriended by both after being viciously attacked by robbers in his home. The three of them go on a road trip to find Kinnear’s parents so he can ask them for financial help and along the way, they find something so much better: each other. This beautifully written, skilfully acted character study is about lonely people who find life worth living simply by being together, and James L. Brooks’ sensitive directorial touch backs each of them up every step of the way. Hunt has never been more compelling, Kinnear shows more talent than in any of his previous films put together and Nicholson shines despite the fact that the role is dressed up to be much more edgy than it actually is (oh he throws away soap and is mean to waitresses, what a blight on humanity).

TriStar Pictures, Gracie Films

USA, 1997

Directed by

Story by , Screenplay by James L. Brooks, Mark Andrus

Cinematography by

Produced by James L. Brooks, ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1997

Golden Globe Awards 1997

National Board of Review Awards 1997.  

Online Film Critics Awards 1997.  

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