Full disclosure: I despise Jack Nicholson. There was a time I liked him--around the time of The Shining. Now, pretty much since and due to As Good As It Gets, I hate him. He annoys the hell out of me. He's smug and annoying. On screen, off screen, doesn't seem to matter. However, I've been playing my usual game of trying to see as many of the Oscar movies as I can before the Oscars and Diane Keaton is up for Best Actress. I'd heard good things about her performance, so wanted to see this. More fool I.
The film started off ok. Jack's character nearly died of a heart attack. Worked for me. But it went downhill. The basic story is that Jack is a man who won't date anyone under 30. He's a successful man in the music business so he doesn't have trouble getting women under 30. His latest girlfriend takes him to her mother's house at the beach only to have her mother (Diane Keaton) show up. They agree that they'll all stay for at least the night then as Jack and his girlfriend start fooling around, he has a heart attack. Due to various circumstances, Diane ends up having to take care of Jack as he recuperates in her house. Romance ensues.
Diane was good. But I thought the relationship was unrealistic. I thought the Jack was a shmuck. And I hated the ending. The only other thing I liked about the film was Keanu Reeves, who acted pretty well as the younger man who treated Diane the way she deserved to be treated.Posted by Alyssa at January 25, 2004 11:12 PM