英文名：As Good as It Gets
导演：詹姆斯·布鲁克斯 James L. Brooks
演员：海伦·亨特 Helen Hunt
杰克·尼科尔森 Jack Nicholson
斯基特·奥里奇 Skeet Ulrich
库巴·古丁 Cuba Gooding Jr.
哈罗德·雷米斯 Harold Ramis
本片是老戏骨 Jack Nicholson 第二次获得奥斯卡影帝之作，把喋喋不休的洁癖作家演得活灵活现；戏中互飙演技的 Helen Hunt 同样奥斯卡封后。
Melvin Udall is a misanthrope who works at home as a best-selling novelist in
New York City. He suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder which, paired with
his misanthropy, alienates nearly everyone with whom he interacts. He avoids
stepping on sidewalk cracks while walking through the city due to a superstition
of bad luck, and eats breakfast at the same table in the same restaurant every
day using disposable plastic utensils he brings with him due to his pathological
mysophobia. He takes an interest in his waitress, Carol Connelly, the only
server at the restaurant who can tolerate his behavior.
One day, Melvin's neighbor, a homosexual artist named Simon Bishop, is
assaulted and nearly killed during a robbery. Melvin is intimidated by Simon's
agent, Frank Sachs, into caring for Simon's dog, Verdell, while Simon is
hospitalized. Although he initially does not enjoy caring for the dog, Melvin
becomes emotionally attached to it. He simultaneously receives more attention
from Carol. When Simon is released from the hospital, Melvin is unable to cope
emotionally with returning the dog. Melvin's life is further altered when Carol
decides to work closer to her home in Brooklyn so she can care for her acutely
asthmatic son. Unable to adjust to another waitress, Melvin arranges through his
publisher (whose husband is a doctor) to pay for her son's medical expenses as
soon as Carol agrees to return to work.
Meanwhile, Simon's assault and rehabilitation, coupled with Verdell's
preference for Melvin, causes Simon to lose his creative muse. Simon is
approaching bankruptcy due to his medical bills. Frank convinces him to go to
Baltimore to ask his estranged parents for money. Because Frank is too busy to
take the injured Simon to Baltimore himself, Melvin reluctantly agrees to do so;
Frank lends Melvin the use of his Saab 900 convertible for the trip. Melvin
invites Carol to accompany them on the trip to lessen the awkwardness. She
reluctantly accepts the invitation, and relationships among the three develop.
Once in Baltimore, Carol persuades Melvin to take her out to have dinner.
Melvin's comments during the dinner greatly flatter - and subsequently upset -
Carol, and she abruptly leaves. Upon seeing the frustrated Carol, Simon begins
to sketch her and rekindles his creativity, once more feeling a desire to paint.
He briefly reconnects with his parents, but is able to tell them that he'll be
After returning to New York, Carol tells Melvin that she does not want him in
her life anymore. She later regrets her statement and calls him to apologize.
The relationship between Melvin and Carol remains complicated until Simon, who
Melvin has allowed to move in with him until he can get a new apartment,
convinces Melvin to declare his love for her. Melvin goes to see Carol, who is
hesitant, but agrees to try and establish a relationship with him. The film ends
with Melvin and Carol walking together. As he opens a door for Carol, he
realizes that he has stepped on a crack in the pavement.
海伦·亨特 Helen Hunt .... Carol Connelly
杰克·尼科尔森 Jack Nicholson .... Melvin Udall
斯基特·奥里奇 Skeet Ulrich .... Vincent Lopiano
库巴·古丁 Cuba Gooding Jr. .... Frank Sachs
哈罗德·雷米斯 Harold Ramis .... Dr. Bettes
Randall Batinkoff .... Carol's Date
Shane Black .... Cafe 24 Manager
劳伦斯·卡斯丹 Lawrence Kasdan .... Dr. Green
格雷戈·金尼尔 Greg Kinnear .... Simon Bishop
Todd Solondz .... Man on Bus
雪莉·奈特 Shirley Knight .... Beverly Connelly
Julie Benz .... Receptionist
Kaitlin Hopkins .... Woman in Lobby
杰米·肯尼迪 Jamie Kennedy .... Street Hustler
莱斯利·斯蒂芬森 Leslie Stefanson .... Cafe 24 Waitress