As Good as It Gets (1997)

New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast.

  • James L. Brooks
  • James L. Brooks
  • Mark Andrus
metacritic icon 8.8/10
themoviedb icon 7.3/10
  • Release Date: 1997-12-19
  • Country: US
  • Runtime: 139 min
  • Budget: $50,000,000
  • Revenue: $314,178,011

Maya Rudolph


Jack Nicholson

Melvin Udall

Helen Hunt

Carol Connelly

Greg Kinnear

Simon Bishop

Cuba Gooding Jr.

Frank Sachs

Skeet Ulrich

Vincent Lopiano

Shirley Knight

Beverly Connelly

Yeardley Smith

Jackie Simpson

Lupe Ontiveros

Nora Manning

Jaffe Cohen


Alice Vaughn


Harold Ramis

Dr. Bettes

Kristi Zea

Mother at Table

Patricia Childress

Cafe 24 Waitress

Rebekah Johnson

Cafe 24 Waitress

Missi Pyle

Cafe 24 Waitress

Leslie Stefanson

Cafe 24 Waitress

Tara Subkoff

Cafe 24 Waitress

Shane Black

Cafe 24 Manager

Peter Jacobson

Man at Table

Lisa Edelstein

Woman at Table

Stan Bly

Cafe 24 Customer

Randall Batinkoff

Carol's date

Jesse James

Spencer Connelly

Jamie Kennedy

Street Hustler

Justin Herwick

Street Hustler

John F. O'Donohue

Detective Ray

Mary Elizabeth Still

Nurse Receptionist

Lawrence Kasdan

Dr. Green

Kathryn Morris

Psychiatric Patient

Wood Harris

Cafe 24 Busboy

Linda Gehringer


Julie Benz


Kaitlin Hopkins

Woman in Lobby

Jimmy Workman

Sean from the Bakery

Danielle Spencer


Todd Solondz

Man on Bus

Tom McGowan

Maitre D'

Matt Malloy

Men's Store Salesman

Paul Greenberg

Bar Waiter

Alex Ballar

Flower Store Customer (uncredited)

Bronwyn Cornelius

Bartender (uncredited)

Maurice LaMarche

Fred Bishop - Simon's Dad on Phone (voice) (uncredited)

Amy Anzel

Ballet Dancer (uncredited)

Alison Rose

Psychiatric Patient

Chloe Brooks

Child at Cafe 24

Cooper Brooks

Child at Cafe 24

David A. Kipper

Hospital Doctor

Laura Mayes Byrnes

Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
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