Apr 27, 2008

"As Good As It Gets"

I won't even apologize for watching it 11 years too late.

Loved it, loved it, loved it, LOVED it. Goes right down in my top favorites. And that's very aside from the fact that I'd just been looking for a movie to show my masters' students about OCD (the bachelor students would be way too overwhelmed with this one), this movie was way, way beyond enjoyable. When fart-jokes and Pamela Andersen movies are supposed to be 'laugh-out-loud' funny, I'd ask the degenerate audiences to give this a watch.

THIS is real, as-good-as-it-gets comedy. Brilliant, charming and heartwarming. Everything about it was exactly what I look for in a movie. It doesn't attempt to insult my intelligence, it doesn't want me to kill myself and it doesn't make me roll my eyes and wish I hadn't wasted 2 hours of my life.

Melvin Udall: Police! Donut-munching morons, HELP ME! HELP ME!
Frank Sachs: Shh!
Melvin Udall: Assault and Battery - and you're black!
Melvin Udall: Never, never, interrupt me, okay? Not if there's a fire, not even if you hear the sound of a thud from my home and one week later there's a smell coming from there that can only be a decaying human body and you have to hold a hanky to your face because the stench is so thick that you think you're going to faint. Even then, don't come knocking. Or, if it's election night, and you're excited and you wanna celebrate because some fudgepacker that you date has been elected the first queer president of the United States and he's going to have you down to Camp David, and you want someone to share the moment with. Even then, don't knock. Not on this door. Not for ANY reason. Do you get me, sweetheart?
Carol Connelly: OK, we all have these terrible stories to get over, and you-...
Melvin Udall: It's not true. Some have great stories, pretty stories that take place at lakes with boats and friends and noodle salad. Just no one in this car. But, a lot of people, that's their story. Good times, noodle salad. What makes it so hard is not that you had it bad, but that you're that pissed that so many others had it good.
Melvin Udall: I might be the only person on the face of the earth that knows you're the greatest woman on earth. I might be the only one who appreciates how amazing you are in every single thing that you do, and how you are with Spencer, "Spence," and in every single thought that you have, and how you say what you mean, and how you almost always mean something that's all about being straight and good. I think most people miss that about you, and I watch them, wondering how they can watch you bring their food, and clear their tables and never get that they just met the greatest woman alive. And the fact that I get it makes me feel good, about me.


Nameless Nomad said...

Blast from the past. Used to like this one a lot. The role seemed like tailor-made for Jack Nicholson and others weren't bad either. Still enjoy it every time I see it.

Majaz said...

Especially Greg Kinnear. Truly deserved Oscar nomination.