Michelle Styles investiagtes a feel good movie with a character you should despise but don't.
Melvin Udall by any measure is dysfunctional. The film never really explores why he is dysfunctional and why he has become immersed in such compulsive obsessive behaviour. I suspect being a novelist, he can feel so much emotion that in order to cope with his emotions, he has cut himself off from emotion. He takes pride in being combative and making the smart remark. He thinks only of himself rather than how he might wound others. Many of his statements are outrageous but you can also understand the pain then as he doesn't want to be the way he is. Particularly when he tells the dog -- Don't you ever be like me.
He wants his life just how he wants his life to the point of tracking down his favourite waitress played by Helen Hunt when she doesn't show up for work.
When his homosexual neighbour, Simon is hospitalised after an attack, Melvin is forced to look after Simon's dog. This is a dog that Melvin professes to hate but who soon becomes vital to Melvin's existence and becomes his gateway to engaging with humanity.
His relationship with Carol remains complicated and at the end they go off to the corner bakery in the middle of the night but you know they will be okay.
One of my favourite lines from the film is : I might be the only person on the face of the earth that knows you're the greatest woman on earth. I might be the only one who appreciates how amazing you are in every single thing that you do, and how you are with Spencer, "Spence," and in every single thought that you have, and how you say what you mean, and how you almost always mean something that's all about being straight and good. I think most people miss that about you, and I watch them, wondering how they can watch you bring their food, and clear their tables and never get that they just met the greatest woman alive. And the fact that I get it makes me feel good, about me.
Another is when Carol asks him to give her a compliment and he says: You make me want to be a better man.
So if you need something to cheer you up and reaffirm your faith in human nature, I would humbly suggest re -watching As Good as It Gets as it is sure to brighten your mood. Watch the trailer and see.