As Good As It Gets (1997)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
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
Ross Bleckner Carl
Bernadette Balagtas Caterer
Jaffe Cohen Partygoer
Laurie Kilpatrick Partygoer
Alice Vaughn Partygoer
Brian Doyle-Murray Handyman
Kristi Zea Mother at Table
Annie Maginnis Tippe Daughter at Table
Patricia Childress Cafe 24 Waitress
Rebekah Johnson Cafe 24 Waitress
Missi Pyle Cafe 24 Waitress
Leslie Stefanson Cafe 24 Waitress
Tara Subkoff Cafe 24 Waitress
Shane Black Cafe 24 Manager
Peter Jacobson Man at Table
Lisa Edelstein Woman at Table
Stan Bly Cafe 24 Customer
Randall Batinkoff Carol's Date
Jesse James Spencer Connelly
Jamie Kennedy Street Hustler
Justin Herwick Street Hustler
Maya Rudolph Policewoman
John F. O'Donohue Detective Ray
David A. Kipper Hospital Doctor
Mary Elizabeth Still Nurse Receptionist
Chloe Brooks Child at Cafe 24
Cooper Brooks Child at Cafe 24
Sharon L. Alexander Female Passerby
Holly Denys Female Passerby
Lawrence Kasdan Dr. Green
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama; Romance
Director James L. Brooks
Producer James L. Brooks; Bridget Johnson; Kristi Zea; Mark Andrus
Writer Mark Andrus; James L. Brooks
Studio Columbia / TriStar
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 139 mins
Country USA
Color Color
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 17
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Standard 1.33:1 Color
Layers Dual side, Single layer
UPC 043396217096
Chapters 28
Release Date 2003
Subtitles English; Spanish; French
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
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