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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