As Good as It Gets (1997)

Hosted by
Todd Wofford

With this episode, we kick off our Valentine’s Month of date movies.  As Good as It Gets is an odd hybrid of rom-com, character study, and conventional drama that examines a few themes that were (for 1997) ahead of their time.  Jack Nicholson’s character is anti-Semitic, misogynistic, homophobic, bigoted, and…well, every other terrible word you can summon.  Writer-director James L. Brooks takes an unflinching look at his protagonist’s terrible views, thus inviting real conversation about these issues.  Some of this film holds up; a lot of it doesn’t.

All this month, we’re gonna drink some bubbly.  Two bottles will be affordable, while the other two will be splurge-worthy.  We’ll kick off with the former category:

The Brut Rosé from Gérard Betrand retails for around $20, but it tastes more expensive.  Dry, lean, and lightly fruity, this blush bubbly is a perfect, easy-drinking date night wine.  It won’t overwhelm desert, but you could also serve it for pre-dinner drinks.  If you’re looking something fun and festive, but not bonkers expensive, this bottle is a great way to go.

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For my written review of As Good as It Gets, head this way.  

Now, enjoy another fine episode of Cinemavino! 

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