the title says it all!
At the time of this movie's release, the role of an obsessive-compulsive character in the lead role was an eye-opener for many. It is a real psychological morass that afflicts real people, Nicholson did a superb acting job and the fact that his character was able to see his entrapment, wish to change, and tried to make scary efforts to change is good reason to watch this movie. I also, personally, think that both the casting and acting of the three leads were excellent
This *is* as good as it gets. I went out to buy the movie immediately after watching it the first time.
No, Jack Nicholson's character isn't likable, but it works for me.
I don't own many movies, but this is one I really wanted to have.
Nicholson plays a really unlikable character. The dog is really cute though and so are the scenes between the dog & Nicholson's character. It's a good story & the main character does evolve.
I agree with Barbara and Markkluck. People who don't love this movie would probably be happier with Doris Day and the Three Stooges. The humor is subtle, the acting is good, the characters strong. Maybe not Nicholson's absolute best of all time, but up there near the top, certainly within the top 10.
Casting Hunt and Nicholson together may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but there's absolutely no chemistry between them here. The plot is implausible, the entire film start to end is boring, with little in the way of artistic merit. Not recommended.
I agree with Markkluk. Better the second and third time around. The humor is subtle. The tragedy is poignant. The resolution is quirky, as are the characters.
"You make me want to be a better man."
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