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Sunday, 13 November 2022

As Good As it Gets is a classic with something to say about overcoming adversity

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A classic on Netflix: 1997’s As Good As It Gets is always a great watch: This awardwinning movie starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt is what every rom com-drama aspires to be, with a lot to say about overcoming adversity. It follows Melvin Udall (Nicholson), a grumpy yet successful author who is rigid about any change to his routine. He shows clear symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder throughout the movie, including having a breakfast ritual every morning and an insistence on being served by the same waitress, Carol (Hunt). Udall’s life all comes tumbling down as his neighbor gets into an accident, leaving his dog in Udall’s care, while Carol’s son — his typical waitress at breakfast who is the only one able to endure his constant harsh comments — falls ill, forcing her to quit her job. Despite Udall’s unlikeable and shrewd personality at first, he does remarkable and compassionate things for others as he searches for Carol to restore order back into his life.

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