New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
10AQ Herald-Zeitung Q Friday,December 26,1997
By TOM ERICKSON
Moviegoers who wish to stay away from high-powered action (“Tomorrow Never Dies”) or tragedy (“Titanic”) can find a great escape in “As Good as It Gets,” PG-13, which opens today at Marketplace 12, 651 Business Loop IH 35N.
Writer James L. Brooks, known for his work with “Terms of Endearment,” “Broadcast News” and the television series “Taxi,” weaves an interesting web around a grumpy author named Melvin Udall, played by Jack Nicholson.
As the film opens, we see Udall in rare form, angering his neighbor, a gay artist (Greg Kinnear), by tossing
the artist's dog down the garbage chute. Udall then is confronted about the incident by Kinnear and his partner (Cuba Gooding Jr.) but refuses to admit his transgression.
But Udall has a softer side, as seen when frequenting his favorite restaurant and sitting at “his” table, served by Carol, a single mother (Helen Hunt) who is the only one
who can handle Melvin.
By this point at least half of the plot becomes predictable: Udall will somehow fall for Carol and in turn shed some of his gruffness and aggressiveness.
It is only after Kinnear is attacked
by would-be burglars and nearly killed that Udall begins to warm to his neighbor and his dog. The three characters are eventually brought together, but it's the dog that brings the warm side out of Udall.
“As Good as It Gets” remained upbeat and surprising despite the inevitable romantic theme, thanks in part to a strong performance from Nicholson, who makes Udall’s strange behaviors very believable. Gooding is outstanding and displays
p to its
his versatility in a supporting role, as Kinnear, who has come a long way since his days as host of “Talk Soup.” Television junkies also will recognize the performance of Yeanfley Smith, who plays another of Kinnear’s friends saddled with the task of cleaning up his life after the attack. If Smith's voice sounds familiar, it is — she provides it for Lisa on “The Simpsons” and also had a role on Fox's “Herman's Head.” Hunt shows a groat deal of talent in
portraying a mother dealing with die loneliness of being single an4 humiliation that comes along with living with her own mottler. The film begins to drag about two-thirds of the way but picks up again at the end aq Hunt and Nicholson do finally fail fat each other.
With so many films to choose from this holiday season, “As Good as It Gets” might not be the best of the bunch, but it does an excellent job of living up to its title.
By The Associated Press
Here are the yearly charts for the nation’s best-selling recorded music for the year 1997 as they appear in the issue of Billboard magazine published for the week ending Dec. 27. Reprinted with permission.
TOP SINGLES Copyright 1997, Billboard-Soundscan Inc.-Broadcast Data Systems.
1. "Candle in the Wind 1997/Something About the Way You Look Tonight,” Elton John (Rocket-A&M)
2. “You Were Meant For Me/Foolish Games," Jewel (Atlantic)
3. ‘TH Be Missing You," Puff Daddy & Faith Evans (Featuring 112) (Bad Boy-Arista)
4 "Un Break My Heart, Tom Braxton (La Face-Ansta)
5. "Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down," Puff Daddy (Featunng Mase) (Bad Boy-Arista)
6 “I Believe I Can Fly," R.
Kelly (Warner Sunset Atlantic -Jive)
7. "Don’t Let Go (Love)," En Vogue (EastWest EEG)
8 "Return of the Mack," Mark Morrison (Atlantic)
9 “How Do I Live. Leann Rimes (Curb)
10 Wannabe," Spice Girls (Virgin)
Copyright 1997, Billboard-Soundscan Inc
1 ’ Spice.” Spice Girls (Virgin)
2 "Tragic Kingdom." No Doubt (T rauma-Interscope)
3. "Falling Into You," Celine Dion (550 Music-Epic)
4 "Space Jam,’ Soundtrack (Warner Sunset Atlantic-AG)
5. "Pieces of You,’ Jewel (Atlantic AG)
6. ’Blue," LeAnn Rimes (Curb)
7 Bonging Down the Horse." The Wallflowers (Interscope)
8. Life After Death " The Notorious B I G. (Bad Boy Arista)
9 "Secrets." Tom Braxton (LaFace-Arista)
10. "No Way Out. Puff Daddy & The Family (Bad Boy Ansta) COUNTRY SINGLES Copyright 1997, Billboard Broadcast Data Systems 1. “How Do I Live," LeAnn Rimes (Curb)
2 “It s Your Love." Tim McGraw (With Faith Hill) (Curb)
3 Here s Your Sign (Get the Picture),’’ Bill Engvail with Special Guest Travis Tritt (Warner)
4 Butterfly Kisses," Raybon Bros (MCA Nashville)
5 How Do I Uve," Trisha Yearwood (MCA Nashville)
6 "Love Gets Me Every Time." Shan la Twain (Mercury)
7. "You Light Up My Life." LeAnn Rimes (Curb)
8. “The Light m Your Eyes/Blue," LeAnn Rimes (Curb)
9. “Friends," John Michael Montgomery (Atlantic-AG)
10. "One Night at a Time," George Strait (MCA-Nashville) ADULT CONTEMPORARY
Copyright 1997. Billboard
1. "Un-Break My Heart," Tom Braxton (LaFace-Arista)
2. "Change the World," Eric Clapton (Reprise)
3. "You Were Meant For Me," Jewel (Atlantic) * %
4. "For the First Time,” Kenny Leggins (Columbia)
5. "When You Love A Woman," Journey (Columbia)
6. “Sunny Came Home,** Shawn CgfWi (Columbia)
7. “I Finally Found Someone," Barbra Streisand and Bryan Adams (Columbia)
8. “How Do I Uve’ LeAnn Rimes (Curb)
9. “lf We Fall in Love Tonight," Rod Stewart (Warner)
10. “Il Always Be Right There." Bryan Adams (AAM)
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