I am still amazed, over 20 years later, that people I mention this film to still haven’t seen it nor have any idea what it is, who’s in it, or what it’s about. Just the other day I mentioned the film to three different people. “I’ll check it out” they say. I hope they do!
Watch the trailer to get a good idea about the film and its characters… first, Jack Nicholson as “Melvin”– a crazy, rude, obsessive-compulsive older man who makes everyone’s life miserable if they interact with him even for one minute. Then there’s “Carol” (Helen Hunt), a waitress in Manhattan with a constantly-ill son… and lastly, there’s “Simon” (Greg Kinnear), a gay artist/painter who happens to be Melvin’s neighbor. A chance incident with one of them brings them all together… for better or worse!
This film is absolutely perfect. And you need to see it in full, if you haven’t. I can quote this film almost word-for-word.