Year of Release: 1997
Director: James L. Brooks
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear, Cuba Gooding Jr., Skeet Ulrich, Shirley Knight, Yeardley Smith, Lupe Ontiveros
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7
James L. Brooks career as a director has focused on stories where quirky characters function within the confines of traditional family dynamics. These eccentric characters are usually cathartic elements for the remainder of the characters that inhabit his stories - this has happened in "Terms of Endearment" with Shirley MacLaine's Aurora, Holly Hunter's Jane character in "Broadcast News" and now Jack Nicholson's Melvin Udall character. His most successful stories are comprised of characters that are more than simple cliches - there's a delicate creation of a tapestry of relationships, which makes these films engaging, humane and also comical. "As Good as It Gets" benefits from a great cast, with Jack Nicholson deserving his third Oscar, with good supporting turns from Helen Hunt and Greg Kinnear. A good film worth watching.