As Good As It Gets
Life tends to become quite frantic and intense for most people now in days. Depending on how the events of their everyday lives are carried out, they could have a great affect on a persons' mood. In the movie "As Good As It Gets" starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, several of the Mood Disorders that affect people are portrayed in Nicholson's character. Jack Nicholson plays the role of Melvin Udall, a writer that lives in the city of Manhattan, who is diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder. He also is not the nicest guy in town, to say the least. He is homophobic, rude, racist, and sexist. His disorder keeps him from living an ordinary life like everyone else; he is stuck to his same routine day after day. Melvin is afraid to touch objects that have not been sanitized or cleaned by him. On his daily routine Melvin goes by a neighborhood restaurant, where he wishes to be served by the same waitress everyday, Carol Connelly, played by Helen Hunt. Melvin befriends her early in the movie and one can clearly see the attraction Melvin has for her and they way that she makes him change. Melvin hates his neighbor Simon Bishop because of the fact that Simon is homosexual, and because of his small, annoying dog, which Melvin actually throws down a garbage chute early in the film.
After Simon is robbed and assaulted he is taken to the hospital and no one offers to take care of Simons' dog, Verdell. Melvin ultimately gets stuck with the dog, which gradually and slowly begins to change his ways, and helps him cope with his OCD. At first Melvin was disgusted by the animal but he began to bond with Verdell and became emotionally attached. It also made Melvin a much kinder person compared to his usual grumpy self. After Simon returns from the hospital he is surprised to see that Verdell has become accustomed to Melvin, and wonders how such an event could have happened. One day while on his regular routine to lunch, Carol, Melvin's waitress, does...
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