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Parents' Guide to

As Good as It Gets

By Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Funny, but not a light comedy for youngsters.

Movie PG-13 1997 139 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 13+

Amazing and emotional!

This movie is amazing! I’m used to seeing Jack Nicholson in more villainous and violent roles like in “Batman” and “The Shining”, but this is different. He’s in a more casual and serious role in this movie, and it’s fun to see Jack in a different lens. It has some cringy moments, but it’s very emotional, and there are many positive messages and many life lessons to be learned from Jack’s behavior in this movie. Young kids will be okay to watch this movie, but it’s better if kids under 12 watch with a parent. Even though there’s many things about this movie that are positive, the behavior of Jack’s character is not to be imitated. This is a film everyone needs to see and there’s so much that can be learned from this movie.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+

One of my favorites, but very profane violent, and has sexual content/ nudity albeit positive messages

This is one of my top ten favorite films but it definitely has some strong content to be aware of. There is quite a bit of swearing 3 f words and other uses of the s word, b word and so forth. One scene is very violent in which a main character is beaten nearly to death. The beating is very bloody and the scars on the character's face afterwards are pretty hard to endure. There is also a brief sex scene which gets interrupted and some nudity towards the end. You see Helen Hunt's butt in a bathtub and the side of her breasts. The movie was originally rated R but re-rated PG-13 on appeal. This is one of few cases where I felt the R rating actually was the right choice. Granted there are worse movies out there in terms of content but this is strong stuff for a PG-13 and the original R should have stayed in my opinion. Despite the strong content, this movie has excellent character development and some very positive messages. The messages are how the people in life sometimes we think we hate become the only people that truly are there for us, and how things in life genuinely do get better when those people are a part of our lives. Children and young teenagers will probably not understand much of the jokes here as they are adult oriented, nor some of the humor or situations about mental health as the main character has obsessive-compulsive disorder. That being said 14 and up should enjoy this and will have some laughs as well as appreciating the more serious, heartwarming messages this film has to offer. This could be a good family film, but it would need a lot of editing. If wanting to watch as a family I would suggest using a video content editing system like Clearplay to enjoy this film. Without editing though this is a film that only older teenagers and adults will enjoy. It is excellent, but has some gritty content not best suited for really young children.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (12 ):

Helen Hunt and Jack Nicholson garnered Academy Awards, and Kinnear a nomination, for their true-to-life performances -- and all three were well-deserved. Often pitched as a romantic comedy, As Good as it Gets eschews the saccharine aftertaste of many such films. Instead, it provides sometimes-painful moments of self-discovery and the possibility for a pleasant (though less than "normal") tomorrow for its trio characters.

Parents might want to consider their child's level of maturity before allowing them to watch this movie.

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