As Good as It Gets

1997 PG-13 2h 18m DVD

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As Good as It Gets

1997 PG-13 2h 18m DVD
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Chronic grouch and acerbic author Melvin Udall lives in an obsessive-compulsive fog, rigidly following his daily routine -- till he's reluctantly drawn into the lives of stressed-out single mom Carol Connelly, gay neighbor Simon Bishop and his dog.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
Subtitles
French, Spanish (Neutral), English
CC
Yes
Audio
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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  • Cuba Gooding Jr.
  • Skeet Ulrich
  • Shirley Knight
  • Yeardley Smith
  • Lupe Ontiveros
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Reviews

age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this film deals candidly with homophobia, violence, mortality, and mental disorders. It includes a very violent and disturbing attack on one of the main characters, which leaves the man hospitalized and disfigured. A character verbally abuses others as a means of coping with his own extreme self-centered and (clinically) obsessive-compulsive behavior.

Sexual Content

Slurs about gay sex, female sexual frustration, male prostitution. Nudity is portrayed in artwork.

Violence

One very graphic homophobic assault and the horrific wounds left as a result.

Language

One character uses a large amount of profane, sexually and culturally insensitive language. However, it is used to illustrate both the intolerance of the main character and the pain and frustration of the other two leads.

Social Behavior

One main character exhibits hostile and obsessive compulsive behavior toward others. The same character also deals with his homophobia and a fear of intimacy. Other main characters include a gay man struggling to rebuild his life after an attack and a working-class single mom trying to get by while caring for herself and her chronically ill child.

Consumerism

Includes Nick-at-Nite advertising.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Various moments of social drinking. A character takes anti-depressants.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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