2 November 2015

As Good As It Gets

As Good As It Gets 1997
  • Director: James L Brooks
  • Based on novel: no
  • Cast: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr, Shirley Knight, Yeardley Smith
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in
    • Jack Nicholson – About Schmidt, The Pledge, Mars Attacks!, Wolf, A Few Good Men, Batman, Ironweed, The Witches in Eastwick, Prizzi’s Honour, Terms of Endearment, Reds, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Shining, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Tommy, Chinatown, The King of Marvin Gardens, Carnal Knowledge, Five Easy Pieces, Easy Rider, The Little Shop of Horrors
    • Helen Hunt – Then She Found Me, Cast Away, Twister, Peggy Sue Got Married,
    • Greg Kinnear – Little Miss Sunshine, Nurse Betty, You’ve Got Mail
    • Cuba Gooding Jr – The Butler, Jerry Maguire, A Few Good Men, Boyz n the Hood
    • Shirley Knight – The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Petulia, The Fugitive, The Outer Limits
    • Yeardley Smith - The Big Bang Theory, Dead Like Me, Dharma and Greg
  • Why? Love it
  • Seen: 2-3 times before. Now 18 October 2015. 

Mistreating animals is of course something of which I strongly disapprove. But I do love that opening scene. Throwing the peeing dog down the rubbish chute is priceless and people who kiss dogs are yucky. No one can do detestable like Jack Nicholson. So pardon me while I sit back and enjoy this truly awful racist homophobic male chauvinist totally neurotic Jack Nicholson.
Every single frame of this film is filled with human foibles superbly played by a fantastic cast. We laugh, we cringe. I love the film, contrived and far-fetched as it is. I love watching tough-mouthed waitress Helen Hunt turn Jack Nicholson into a human being.  She is just so good.
But the dog. Nope. I don’t like dogs and the cuter they are the less I like them.  So minus a star for the dog, though it too is a good actor.

4 * of 5


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