In an earlier review on this blog, I mentioned that the 3 best comedy movies in the last 50 years are Annie Hall, My Cousin Vinnie and When Harry Met Sally. The truth is that Broadcast News (reviewed in this blog) and 1997 “As Good as it Gets” are also great comedy movies which have been released in the last 50 years. As Good as it Gets is almost as Good as Broadcast news which came out in 1987 and was also written by James L. Brooks and Mark Andrus and directed by James L. Brooks. What was great about As Good as it Gets was the dialogue, which was outstanding and funny throughout. Some famous lines that stand out are “You make me want to be a better man”, “I am afraid that Simon might want to pull the stiff one-eye on me” and Helen Hunt’s great line, “Didn’t I say what? (long pause) What, What?” Andrus and Brooks capture the perfect timing and rhythm of this great dialogue effortlessly throughout this film which won best lead actor Oscars for both Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, which is highly unusual for a comedy movie. Even more memorable about this great movie is the dog Verdel, which is played by a very cute little dog and he almost steals the whole movie.
The fact that a great writer like James L. Brooks has hit such a high note in only 2 of his movies is another example of how difficult it is to write a screenplay, much less a great comedy/drama.
I highly recommend this great movie.