As Good As It Gets


Rating: 3.5

First off, I must explain that some of our reviews may be a little skewed by the fact that we watch some movies (like this one) with a filtering system, some may even be recorded off of T.V., but I still think that the overall message from a movie can not be taken out of it. We've watched a couple of edited movies that were originally rated R and felt that even though they were edited down, the R-rated themes of the movies were so embedded in the screen play that no amount of it could be taken out without making the movie completely incoherent. We'll be posting a deeper analysis on this topic later on. It would help if you would place your vote in the meantime so we have something else to go off of.

On that note, I love Mevin Udall's character in this movie. I enjoyed watching Melvin change from being completely self absorbed with no desire to become a part of anyone's life (and being severly limited by his disorder) to becoming a person who began reaching out and understanding what love really is and how wonderful it is to be loved. Carol also exhibited a great amount of patience and kindness by looking past Melvin's hard outer shell and helping to "expose [his] soft little underbelly."

I think that there was a bit too much sexual content, swearing (in the original), and nudity. I don't think we need to have a scene of Simon sketching Carol nude (though it's not her we see but the sketchings) in order to get the idea of what inspires him. Maybe one's acceptance of that depends on whether or not you accept nudes as art, but I have a hard time understanding the genuine appeal. I'd definitely recommend watching this filtered, and if you can, it's well worth it.

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