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As Good as it Gets: Go See This Movie

If you haven’t seen it yet, please go see As Good As It Gets, starring Jack Nicholson as obsessive-compulsive sufferer, Melvin Udall, and Helen Hunt as Carol Connelly, a waitress who suffers along with him, mostly unintentionally. If you think that Nicholson’s portrayal of Melvin is meant to say that all OCD sufferers are bitter, sarcastic, humorous characters, you’re missing the point of a fictional story. The fact is, though, that the movies are often lacking characters who portray mental disorders in a realistic light. At least this movie is relatively benign in that respect.

 This is an uneven story which is hard to classify. It’s not exactly a romantic comedy, nor is it a pure drama. A little of everything, and a little bit for everyone who goes to see it. It should easily be one of the best movies which came out in 1997. I enjoyed it and hope you do too.

 - John

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As Good as it Gets: Go See This Movie

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder & CEO of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues -- as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior -- since 1992. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He writes regularly and extensively on mental health concerns, the intersection of technology and psychology, and advocating for greater acceptance of the importance and value of mental health in today's society. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

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Grohol, J. (2018). As Good as it Gets: Go See This Movie. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 19, 2019, from
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