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As Good As It Gets Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

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    Chicago Tribune

    A brash romantic comedy that has a serious purpose at its core.

  • 67

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A cute premise that, upon closer inspection, rings falser rather than truer. It's pretty good, but not nearly as good as Brooks gets.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Not a positive triumph, but it does bring a smile to the face and, perhaps in some cases, a tear to the eye.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    It's a case of actors and strong writing coming together, and it's uncommon in contemporary movies.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Funny, but not a light comedy for youngsters.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film deals candidly with homophobia, violence, mortality, and mental disorders. It includes a very violent and disturbing attack on one of the main characters, which leaves the man hospitalized and disfigured. A character verbally abuses others as a means of coping with his own extreme self-centered and (clinically) obsessive-compulsive behavior.

  • Families can talk about issues such as tolerance, mental illness, and personal strength. What is at the bottom of Melvin's homophobic remarks toward Simon? What helps him overcome these feelings? The film illustrates the struggles of a single mother attempting to care for her chronically ill child and live a life of her own. Parents may want to use this opportunity to discuss a topic seldom considered by adolescents: the lives of parents beyond the needs of their children.

The good stuff
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    Messages: One main character exhibits hostile and obsessive compulsive behavior toward others. The same character also deals with his homophobia and a fear of intimacy. Other main characters include a gay man struggling to rebuild his life after an attack and a working-class single mom trying to get by while caring for herself and her chronically ill child.

What to watch for
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    Violence: One very graphic homophobic assault and the horrific wounds left as a result.

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    Sex: Slurs about gay sex, female sexual frustration, male prostitution. Nudity is portrayed in artwork.

  • language false3

    Language: One character uses a large amount of profane, sexually and culturally insensitive language. However, it is used to illustrate both the intolerance of the main character and the pain and frustration of the other two leads.

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    Consumerism: Includes Nick-at-Nite advertising.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Various moments of social drinking. A character takes anti-depressants.