Movies As Good As It Gets (1997, Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt) Published 4 months ago on October 10, 2018 As Meet the Parents proved, the return of a legend can be formidable. And just as Robert De Niro rehabilitated himself with a display of comic firepower, so Jack Nicholson returned to the fold in style. He plays Melvin Udall, a writer of romance novels whose real life is anything but loving. Tormented by an obsessive-compulsive disorder, he finds small pleasures in destroying the life of his gay neighbour Simon (Greg Kinnear) and terrorising the diners at his local restaurant, where only one waitress, Carol (Helen Hunt), will serve him. When Simon is beaten up and hospitalised, Melvin is forced to look after his dog, and reconsider his misanthropy. When Carol skips work to nurse her asthmatic son, Melvin arranges medical cover for the child, to her surprise. Simon’s return proves the catalyst for all three to unite and Melvin agrees to drive him to Baltimore. Carol joins them and en route they begin to break the ice, with Melvin and Carol slowly gaining intimacy until his temper returns, and she leaves… Half Howard Hughes, part Barbara Cartland, Melvin is one of cinema’s better recent ogres, armed with barbed-wire wit (‘Sell crazy someplace else. We’re all stocked up here,’) and a yearning for female company. As the unfortunate target of his intention, Carol fights fire with napalm (‘When you first entered the restaurant, I thought you were handsome… and then you spoke.’) It’s a delicious marriage that won Oscars for Nicholson and Hunt and took $300m globally. production details USA | 139 minutes | 1997 Director: James L. Brooks Script: Mark Andrus, James L. Brooks, cast Jack Nicholson as Melvin Udall Helen Hunt as Carol Connelly Skeet Ulrich as Vincent Lopiano Shirley Knight as Beverly Connelly Greg Kinnear as Simon Bishop Wood Harris as Cafe 24 Busboy Kathryn Morris as Psychiatric Patient Randall Batinkoff as Carol’s date Peter Jacobson as Man at Table Julie Benz as Receptionist Tom McGowan as Maitre D’ Paul Greenberg as Bar Waiter Amy Anzel as Ballet Dancer (uncredited) Maya Rudolph as Policewoman Cuba Gooding Jr. as Frank Sachs Yeardley Smith as Jackie Simpson Lupe Ontiveros as Nora Manning Lawrence Kasdan as Dr. Green Harold Ramis as Dr. Bettes Alison Rose as Psychiatric Patient Jimmy Workman as Sean from the Bakery Jamie Kennedy as Street Hustler Brian Doyle-Murray as Handyman Jesse James as Spencer Connelly Linda Gehringer as Publisher Kaitlin Hopkins as Woman in Lobby Danielle Spencer as Veterinarian Lisa Edelstein as Woman at Table Danielle Brisebois as Singer Todd Solondz as Man on Bus Matt Malloy as Men’s Store Salesman Bibi Osterwald as Neighbor Woman Ross Bleckner as Carl Bernadette Balagtas as Caterer Jaffe Cohen as Partygoer Laurie Kilpatrick as Partygoer Alice Vaughn as Partygoer Shane Black as Cafe 24 Manager Stan Bly as Cafe 24 Customer Missi Pyle as Cafe 24 Waitress Tara Subkoff as Cafe 24 Waitress Rebekah Johnson as Cafe 24 Waitress Leslie Stefanson as Cafe 24 Waitress Patricia Childress as Cafe 24 Waitress Chloe Brooks as Child at Cafe 24 Cooper Brooks as Child at Cafe 24 Kristi Zea as Mother at Table Justin Herwick as Street Hustler John F. O’Donohue as Detective Ray Mary Elizabeth Still as Nurse Receptionist David A. Kipper as Hospital Doctor Antonia Jones as Nurse Maurice LaMarche as Fred Bishop – Simon’s Dad on Phone (voice) (uncredited) Alex Ballar as Flower Store Customer (uncredited) Bronwyn Cornelius as Bartender (uncredited) Laura Mayes Byrnes as Restaurant Patron (uncredited) Amy AnzelComedyCuba Gooding JrGreg KinnearHelen HuntJack NicholsonJames L BrooksJulie BenzMark AndrusMaurice LaMarcheMaya RudolphPaul GreenbergRomanceTom McGowan Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes22 hours ago Miracle Workers: 12 Days (TBS Tues 26 Feb 2019) 12 Days: A troublesome human complicates Craig and Eliza’s plan, while Sanjay attempts to burnish his credentials. With Steve Buscemi,... Episodes22 hours ago Teachers: The Final Robe (TV Land Tues 26 Feb 2019) The Final Robe: Ms. Bennigan has two spots left in her bridal party and the three remaining teachers compete to... 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