As Good As it Gets (1997)

Simon: “The life that I was trying for is over. The life that I had is gone and I’m feeling so damn sorry for myself that it’s difficult to breathe.

Simon, an artist recently assaulted during a home invasion and Carol, a lonely single mother with a sickly son are the two people least likely to get along with Melvin, a mean and cranky romance author with severe OCD. Yet they’re suddenly tossed into his life. Everyone ends up taking a road trip, on which the unresolved emotional issues outweigh even the heaviest suitcase.

Carol: OK, we all have these terrible stories to get over, and you-…”

Melvin: “It’s not true. Some of us have great stories, pretty stories that take place at lakes with boats and friends and noodle salad. Just no one in this car. But, a lot of people, that’s their story. Good times, noodle salad. What makes it so hard is not that you had it bad, but that you’re that pissed that so many others had it good.”

Equally jam-packed is the dialogue; every conversation is simultaneously cunning and poignant. But that’s what happens when people allow the others that keep crashing into them to scrape off some of their rough edges.

Carol: “Come on in and try not to ruin everything by being you.”
Melvin: “Maybe we could live without the wisecracks.”
Carol: “Maybe we could.”

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