As Good as It Gets
- 2 hr 19 min
As Good As It Gets is a film that is equal parts romance, comedy, and drama. It stars Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, and Greg Kinnear. It was directed by James L. Brooks. Nicholson plays Melvin, a successful novelist living in New York City. Melvin suffers from OCD and never likes to leave his apartment, unless he is going to his favorite restaurant. Helen Hunt plays Carol, a waitress at Melvin’s favorite restaurant who has to wait on him every day because she is the only worker there who can tolerate his behavior. Melvin’s neighbor Simon is brutally attacked and beaten and Melvin ends up taking care of his dog while he is in the hospital. Taking care of the dog changes Melvin’s personality drastically. He begins to become more friendly and welcoming towards people and his OCD lessens. He and Carol find themselves growing closers as friends and possibility in a romantic way. Carol’s son is very sick so she decides to find a job in Brooklyn in order to be closer to him. Melvin is so upset that he offers to pay her son’s medical bills. This way Carol will remain working at the restaurant and Melvin can see her every day. Simon is also struggling financially and creatively after the attack. The three of the end up driving to Baltimore so Simon can ask his parents for financial help. While in Baltimore, Melvin and Carol fight and the trio head back to New York with Carol vowing to get Melvin out of her life. Simon ends up moving in with Melvin while he recuperates and at this point he realizes that Melvin has romantic feelings for Carol and he urges him to act on them. Melvin finally confesses his true feelings to Carol and the two agree to give their relationship a try.