Every so often, Movies In Focus rewatches 1997’s As Good as It Gets. James L. Brooks‘ hit comedy scored Best Actor and Best Actress Academy Awards for Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt respectively. They’re both great in the film, as are supporting actors Greg Kinnear, Shirley Knight and Cuba Gooding Jr.
The script for As Good As It Gets by Brooks and Mark Andrus is superb – it’s funny and filled with pathos. It was nominated for Best Original Screenplay but was beaten by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Good Will Hunting.
Not only was it critically lauded, As Good As It Gets was a huge hit at the box office too. The $50 million production grossed $148.4 million at the US box office and $314 million worldwide.