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As Good As It Gets | 1997 | PG-13 | - 3.6.6

A cold-hearted cynic (Jack Nicholson) learns to warm up, with a little help from a lonely waitress (Helen Hunt) and a battered gay neighbor (Greg Kinnear).

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A woman is shown from behind wearing only a towel around her waist. Her breasts are briefly glimpsed from the side. Several nude drawings of a woman are shown. As a male street hustler gets undressed, a glimpse of his bare backside is shown.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - There is an intense scene in which a gay man is brutally beaten by three thugs. He is later shown with severe facial scars, a swollen-shut eye and bruises, and spends the rest of the film in a cast, briefly confined to a wheelchair, and then walking on crutches. A man shoves a little dog down a garbage chute.

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LANGUAGE 6 - A couple of F-words, several scatological references, several anatomical references, several racial and sexual slurs, several mild obscenities.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mental illness (Obsessive-Compulsive disorder), bigotry, homosexuality, prostitution.
MESSAGE - Learn to love and others will love you in return.
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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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