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As Good As It Gets

Praise for the film was not uniform among critics. While Roger Ebert gave the film three stars (out of four), he called the film a "compromise, a film that forces a smile onto material that doesn't wear one easily," writing that the film drew "back to story formulas," but had good dialogue and performances.[13] The Washington Post critic Desson Howe gave a generally negative review of the film, writing that it "gets bogged down in sentimentality, while its wheels spin futilely in life-solving overdrive."[14]

As Good As It Gets


Yet there's so much good here, in the dialogue, the performances and the observation, that the movie succeeds at many moments even while pursuing its doomed grand design. Consider Melvin's decision to arrange for the medical treatment of Carol's son. The little boy suffers agonizing asthma attacks, but through Melvin, Carol is able to find a dedicated doctor (Harold Ramis) who can do some good. The material here is right out of a silent weeper: Repentant Scrooge helps poor child to breathe again. But by casting the wonderfully droll Ramis as the doctor and skewing the dialogue just slightly, Brooks makes it new and screwy.

The main story line gets a similar treatment. It becomes clear that Melvin has been destined by the filmmakers to become a better man: First he accepts dogs, then children, then women, and finally even his gay neighbor. But Brooks and Andrus, having blocked out this conventional progression, then write against it, using rich irony so that individual scenes seem fresh even while the overall progress follows ancient custom. When Melvin goes back for a belated visit to his onetime therapist, for example, they give him a perfect line: "How can you diagnose someone as having obsessive-compulsive disorder and yet criticize him for not making an appointment?"

A title like As Good As It Gets sounds more appropriate for a more realistic take on its characters, with a more complicated ending. Such a film could have worked. It would have made more sense, and it would have been less of a star vehicle and more an ensemble piece, Carol and possibly even Simon having equal time to Melvin. Instead, producer-director and co-writer James L. Brooks went for fun and a more old-fashioned, cast-driven Hollywood charm. And despite all the reasons it shouldn't, it gets very good indeed.

With terrific lead performances by Jack Nicholson as a demonic novelist and Helen Hunt as a Manhattan waitress, As Good as It Gets is as good as mature adult entertainment gets on the silver screen. Edgy and idiosyncratic, this TriStar romance will definitely not be cuddly enough for certain audience tastes, but Brooks can chalk this one up in his own as-good-as-it-gets column, along with Terms of Endearment and Broadcast News.

Settle into luxury when you arrive at "As good as it Gets", with a spacious, open main living area decorated in beach-chic furnishings and polished finishes, it''s easy to feel right at home. Whip up a gourmet meal in the kitchen, featuring stainless steel appliances and granite countertops, then savor that meal with the people you love at the dining table with seating for eight, additional seating for three can be found at the over-sized island. After dinner curl up on the living room sofa with your favorite people and watch a movie on the flat-screen TV. A guest bedroom can also be found on the first floor, furnished with a queen-size bed and offering private access to the shared bathroom, equipped with a tub/shower combination.

We really enjoyed our stay in this rental. The check in process was very simple, and the place was nice and clean. We had 3 family and the rooms and bathrooms are all a nice size and it was very comfortable. We typically like to stay on the beach, but this was as good as it gets not being right on the beach. The beach walk was very close, and the chair setup was so convenient.

"The 'M' hat has such a strong passion around it that when we had discussions, we talked about bringing it back," Pohlad said. "But we didn't want to screw up a good thing. We wanted to make the next thing."

Sit back and relax in the hot tub, which is easily accessible on the top deck. The spacious great room is almost too good to be true, with tall ceilings, a half-bath, upscale furnishings, and an entertainment center with surround sound and more than 150 videos. Family nights will flourish in the full kitchen with a breakfast bar and a nearby dining area. Wide sun decks catch the best sunsets with views 24-7. The fifth bedroom is an expansive master suite with a bathroom and deck access. With a perfect vacation design and a fabulous location with postcard views, this vacation destination is truly As Good As It Gets! 041b061a72


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