This post was originally published on my old self-hosted site on June 19, 2012. Although it may be one of my very first blogging attempts ever, to-date it’s still one of my personal favorites. Below, I’ve edited a little, added some, and generally gotten it in even better shape for it’s re-release here at The HWL!
As Good As It Gets* has to be one of my favorite movies of all time.
For those of you who haven’t seen it – well, I don’t want to give too much away, but trust me when I say that it’s a must-see film. Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt play the roles of their careers in this romantic dramedy about a well-to-do author with OCD and the unlikely relationships he forges with the people around him. Most importantly, his relationship with the struggling waitress at his favorite restaurant down the street.
Really, it’s just one of the most well-written, aptly-cast, perfectly-acted movies in the last 20 years, in my opinion!
Oh, and did I mention that it’s the most realistic love story you’re likely to see on film? And yet it still manages to be one of the most romantic, at precisely the same time.
Honestly, what girl (or guy!) doesn’t want to hear someone say to them, “You make me want to be a better man.” ???
I mean, the truth is – as the saying goes – “We are all a little weird. And life is weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness – and call it love – true love.” (Often mis-quoted and attributed to Dr. Seuss, these words were actually written by Robert Fulghum).
…Meaning, everyone’s got their shit. Nobody is perfect. We’re all broken and a little confused inside. And sometimes, even the most confident and amazing people in the world don’t feel good enough.
But the good news is that we’re not entirely defined by our flaws. And as ridiculous as it sounds, there really is someone out there who will see past all of your stuff; who will love you anyways…love you because. Maybe they won’t think you’re perfect – but let’s face it, you’re not. And neither are they.
Lucky for us, perfection isn’t the point. When it comes down to it, what it’s really all about is finding someone who looks at you, flaws and all, and says, “This is as good as it gets.”
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Melvin Udall (Nicholson) and Carol Connelly (Hunt) are the perfect characters to point this out to us in the movie. Let’s face it – from the outside, neither are exactly what you’d call a “catch”. Melvin is a grouchy, rude, bigot who essentially hermits himself in his apartment when he’s not ordering his breakfast from Carol. Carol is a broke waitress living with her mother in a cramped apartment with a terribly sick kid. Although we feel bad for her when her date abruptly ends their “romantic” evening after she returns to her bedroom with puke on her dress – I’m pretty sure everyone agrees it would be a mood killer. And no one is confused about why Melvin is alone.
At the beginning, and really throughout much of the film, neither Melvin or Carol are your stereotypical love interests. It’s not until Melvin’s gay neighbor Simon (Greg Kinnear) has a terrible accident that unites all three characters, that they are forced to confront their own respective issues; and learn to accept – even to love – the flaws of those around them. Which is why, even though they’re still ultimately the same people at the end of the movie, viewers themselves learn to love and accept them as well.
What is “As Good As It Gets” for you? Who are some people in your life who’s flaws you’ve learned to embrace? Who are some people who have learned to love and support you despite yours?
And most importantly – how much do you LOVE the movie “As Good As It Gets”???
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