Shapstik’s Movie Clip of the Week: As Good as it Gets (1997)

“Even then, don’t knock, not on this door”

As it has been a while since my last post, here is another movie clip for you guys! As Good as it Gets is really underrated not just as a film that shows Greg Kinnear and especially Cuba Gooding at their very best, but also as a stage for perhaps Nicholson’s most suitable role. He plays the part of racist, homophobic and obsessive compulsive all rolled into one, able to cope with it all to create one of the most memorable characters ever.

The scene I have chosen sums up the film so well, as Simon confronts Melvin about the disappearance of Verdell, Simon’s adorable but annoying little dog. Cuba Gooding stands aside to let his partner gather his own strength, whilst Simon is near on tears with the tension alone. Seeing this, Melvin goes from looking slightly taken back by Simon’s accusational tone of Verdell’s whereabouts, to taking back the upper hand and making the simplest of requests, littered with homophobic and inappropriate remarks. You can tell he is a writer.

An excellent film, that is always worth watching again, if only for Nicholson’s delivery of all the insults under the sun.


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