Friday, April 15, 2016

Favorite Characters, Favorite Lines: M is for Melvin


Come on, A-Z cheerleaders, we are half way through! Give me an A! Give me a B! Yada yada yada ... M!  

It's that time again (uh...midnight-ish in the South) and time for the 2016 Blogging from A to Z challenge  This is my 2nd year attempting to complete the challenge without embarassing the whole dang family, dogs, and various hangers-on. Check out all the great blogs on the list.  #AtoZChallenge 

Thanks to the creator, Arlee Bird (Tossing It Out), and the team that helps make thewhole A-to-Z shebang happen. A list of great participants can be found at the A to Z Blog site.  The basic idea is to blog every day in April except Sundays (26 days), alphabetically, theme optional. Of course, I had to go with a theme: Favorite Characters, Favorite Lines

When we're talking about characters, you don't have to love everything about a character to enjoy their antics. Such is the case with Melvin Udall from As Good As It Gets. Wikipedia describes this movie like this: "It stars Jack Nicholson as a misanthropic, racist, obsessive-compulsive novelist, Helen Hunt as a single mother with a chronically ill son, and Greg Kinnear as a gay artist." That doesn't begin to touch on the way Melvin (Jack Nicholson) interacts with each character and the way his flaws, faults, and foibles MAKE this movie great. Melvin, the great obsessive loner, falls for Carol, the waitress. Meanwhile, his artsy neighbor, Simon, is at an all time low after being attacked and robbed. Cuba Gooding, Jr., is great as the artist's manager, Frank, and the dog, Verdell, pretty well steals a scene or two.

Who would have thunk it; Melvin pulls a great plot twist just because you don't end up hating him. By the end of the movie, his new relationships change him. Quotes alone don't do it justice, especially since there are so many lines that won't pass my own blog rules (ha ha...) - see this movie, peeps. It is funny.

M is for Melvin!


Frank:
 If there's a mental health organization that raises 
money for people like you, be sure to let me know. 
Melvin:
Last word freak. 

Melvin:
Police! Donut-munching morons, HELP ME! HELP ME!
Frank:
Shh!
Melvin:
Assault and Battery - and you're black!


Melvin:
[to Verdell the dog] Don't be like me. Don't you be like me! 


Melvin:
I'm drowning here, and you're describing the water! 


Melvin:
Judging from your eyes, I'd say you were fifty. 
Carol:
 Judging from your eyes, I'd say you were kind, so so much for eyes. 


Receptionist:
How do you write women so well? 
Melvin:
I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability. 


Melvin:
You're a disgrace to depression. 


Melvin:
I'm dying here. 
Simon:
Because you love her. 
Melvin:
No! And you people are supposed to be sensitive and sharp? 


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.



Melvin:
Dr. Green, how can you diagnose someone as an obsessive compulsive disorder, and then act like I have some choice about barging in here?


Melvin: I've got a really great compliment for you, and it's true.
Carol: I'm so afraid you're about to say something awful.
Melvin: Don't be pessimistic, it's not your style. Okay, here I go: Clearly, a mistake. I've got this, what - ailment? My doctor, a shrink that I used to go to all the time, he says that in fifty or sixty percent of the cases, a pill really helps. I *hate* pills, very dangerous thing, pills. Hate. I'm using the word "hate" here, about pills. Hate. My compliment is, that night when you came over and told me that you would never... all right, well, you were there, you know what you said. Well, my compliment to you is, the next morning, I started taking the pills.
Carol: I don't quite get how that's a compliment for me.
Melvin: You make me want to be a better man.
Carol: ...That's maybe the best compliment of my life.
Melvin: Well, maybe I overshot a little, because I was aiming at just enough to keep you from walking out.



Melvin [to a bartender]: No offense, but a moron pushing the last legal drug.


Simon: Thank you, Melvin. You... overwhelm me...I love you.
Melvin: I tell you, buddy... I'd be the luckiest guy alive if that did it for me.


Melvin [to a group of depressed psychiatric patients]: 
What if this is as good as it gets?



18 comments:

  1. Haven't seen this film in many years. It's a good one. Is there a Jack Nicholson film that isn't good? They're all about as good as it gets.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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  2. This is a great film, but the last jerkoff that I seriously dated really loved this film. And that bit about "you make me want to be a better man" just makes my stomach revolt. I date (or marry) these (insert bad word here), and then when I've had (more) than enough they all tell me I can't leave because I make them want to be better men. Seriously??? If we've dated for six months (or more) OR been married longer than that... and you're still not a better man... I don't think I'm a factor here. And I really resent you trying to use that line on me. Of course, at the time, it worked brilliantly, because I felt responsible for the ability to become better men... when the truth is that no one but you can make you better. And if you're worse, well that's on you, too.

    I'm afraid this movie is colored by my brown-colored glasses. Maybe "N" will be more my speed. Now I just want to go stomp this off.

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  3. A shampooed crotch is okay. As long as nobody uses a blow dryer to finish things off.

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  4. Such a great movie! I need to see this again now. Jack is fantastic.

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  5. I chose this film for my letter A. I even chose the crotch quote:) there are so many and this character in lesser hands would not have been as liked as he was since Jack acted the part. Great movie

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  6. I loved this movie--I think I'll watch it again!!

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  7. What's up, DOC?

    I've never seen this movie, but reading the quotes, I was thinking that Carol might have actually had the best line: "Judging from your eyes, I'd say you were kind, so so much for eyes."

    But then I read ROBIN's comment and thought: Blue Ribbon! Winnah! Winnah!

    Robin's particularly funny when she's raging mad. Ha!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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  8. When he finally got to the point that he asked himself, "Is this as good as it gets?" I cried.

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  9. I should rent this. I do love Jack and what a cast!

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  10. Such a quirky character. No wonder Helen Hunt started crying that she wanted a normal boyfriend.

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  11. I do like that movie. Jack Nicholas is always a favorite and I really like Helen Hunt (which is good since my wife has on occasion been mistakenly identified as her.

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  12. I adore this movie! I think it's one of Nicholson's best. Hunt, Kinnear, and Gooding, Jr. all do awesome jobs too. "I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability" is my favorite line. Have a lovely weekend!

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  13. Never saw this movie, maybe bits and pieces of it, but sounds good :) Will have to put it on my "to watch" list after the challenge! Good for you for keeping up with it and we're on the home stretch now :)

    betty
    http://viewsfrombenches.blogspot.com/

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  14. One of my favorite films. I could easily watch it again.

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  15. So many good lines in this movie. Ah, was this his best? Could not have chosen a better actor for this role.

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  16. I don't recall seeing this film out. But Jack Nicholson is always good to watch in a film. He's hilarious.

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