As Good as It Gets script
Synopsis: Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) is an obsessive-compulsive writer of romantic fiction who's rude to everyone he meets, including his gay neighbor Simon (Greg Kinnear), but when he has to look after Simon's dog, he begins to soften and, if still not completely over his problems, finds he can conduct a relationship with the only waitress (Helen Hunt) at the local diner who'll serve him.

HANDYMAN:

(smiling)

In the basement garbage bin eating

diaper shit.

Simon reacts -- then notices the Handyman, tongue in

cheek, trying to suppress his amusement.

SIMON:

Go ahead, John, you earned your fun.

(looking at Verdell)

How did he get down in the

basement? I mean even if he got

on the elevator how... ?

HANDYMAN:

Maybe some nice neighbor shoved

him down the garbage chute.

SIMON:

My God! No!

He stares out... Frank frustrated following.

INT. MELVIN'S APARTMENT - OFFICE - NIGHT

Quiet -- safe -- just Melvin's voice reading aloud as he

writes.

MELVIN:

'Somewhat in the dark, she had

confessed and he had forgiven.

This is what you live for, he

said. Two heads on a pillow where

there is only the safety of being

with each other. How, she

wondered, could she find such hope

in the most shameful part of her.'

He barely reacts as we hear a LOUD KNOCKING at he reads.

SIMON (O.S.)

Mr. Udall.

But Melvin's into it. His fingers flying as he reads.

MELVIN:

'At last she was able to define

love. Love was... '

More KNOCKING.

SIMON (O.S.)

Mr. Udall, I'd like to talk to you

please.

MELVIN:

'Love was... '

He almost has the rest of the sentence -- the meaning of

love -- but the knocking throws him.

MELVIN:

... Son-of-a-bitch-pansy-assed-

stool-pusher.

He burst from his chair.

INT. APARTMENT BUILDING (NEW YORK) - HALLWAY - NIGHT

As Simon hears MELVIN through the door and takes a step

back. Melvin throws open the door. He looks demonic.

MELVIN:

(loud and angry)

Yeeeess!!!

SIMON:

Maybe this can wait.

Frank signals encouragement as Melvin opens the door.

SIMON:

I found Verdell, Mr. Udall.

MELVIN:

Well, that's a load off.

Melvin walks back into the apartment and is about to

close the door when Simon has another burst of bravery.

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Mark Andrus

Mark Andrus, born December 13, 1955 in Los Angeles, is an American screenwriter. more…

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