As Good as It Gets
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.
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- James L. Brooks
- 1998 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Best Director (Motion Picture) nominee
- Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture nominee
- Top 100 Laughs nominee
PG-13Strong language, thematic elements, nudity and a beating
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral), English, FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Enhanced for 16x9 TVs, audio commentary
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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.
- One very graphic homophobic assault and the horrific wounds left as a result.
- 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.
- 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 kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it