"The movie is loooooong. Very long. But Jack's phenomonal."
Don't take the title as truth. This film is not as good as it gets, even though it is pretty darn good.Jack Nicholson plays Melvin, an obsessive compulsive sociopath with a heart, way deep down, of gold.
Helen Hunt is a waitress, Carol, the only waitress in town who Melvin can deal with, and can in turn deal with him.
Greg Kinnear is the "queer" neighbor of Melvin, an artist.
Cuba Gooding Jr is a friend of the gay neighbor and the only guy who can scare Melvin into submission.
And there's a dog.
So what happens? Well let's just say this is a musical that has no musical numbers. Helen's kid is ill, Jack offends Helen whom he actually deeply cares for, Greg get's beat up by Skeet Ulrich and the cast of Romeo + Juliet, Jack has to look after Greg's dog while he heals, Cuba screams a bit, Helen screams a bit and there's a happy ending n'shit.
The movie is loooooong. Very long. And word on the street is that a lot of it was cut which, judging by the large credit and very small part Skeet Ulrich has, is quite obviously the case.
This all sounds a bit negative, I know, but the movie is actually a good one. A very good one.
Jaded non "Mad About You" fans who can't deal with Helen Hunt and those who haven't forgiven her for Twister should have little problem dealing with her here. I mean, heck, she won awards for the role.
And those who thought As Good As It Gets all looked a little designed for the "Out To Sea" crowd are also off-base, although older viewers will love it.
The jewel in the crown is Nicholson. As much as Jack's a prick, he is great in this role. He plays a great obsessive-compulsive asshole, yet he manages to make you like him regardless.There's enough politically incorrect humor and standout performances to get you through the three hours of AGAIG, and though it's bound to be forgotten by the annals of history, it's well worth your attention.