As Good As It Gets

Published July 5, 2021

As Good As It Gets

Film info

  • Title As Good As It Gets
  • Director James L. Brooks
  • Year 1997
  • Run time 2hrs 19m
  • Genres Comedy, Romance
  • Tagline A comedy from the heart that goes for the throat

Jack Nicholson gives a show-stopping performance as Melvin Udall, an obsessive-compulsive novelist with Manhattan's meanest mouth. But when his neighbour Simon is hospitalised, Melvin is forced to babysit Simon's dog. And that unexpected act of kindness, along with waitress Carol Connelly, helps put Melvin back in the human race.

Live blog

Time Comment
3:13 “Are we done being neighbours for now?”
10:45 It must be so hard to live in New York if you can’t deal with people.
18:02 “Just a little too much reality for a Friday night.”


I honestly don’t know why I wanted to switch this off after the twenty minute rule. There wasn’t really anything particularly wrong with it, and it was easy to see Jack Nicholson’s character had quite the journey to go on. I guess I just didn’t like anyone in the movie, and I couldn’t bear the thought of spending two hours following them. Life’s too short and there are too many movies to get through!

Rating: Unrated

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