Award-winning film showing at TFAC as part of its ‘Love Stories’ series

Published 1:27 pm Wednesday, April 3, 2024

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As Good As It Gets showing on April 9

By Frances Flynn


TRYON—Tryon Fine Arts Center continues the Love Stories film series with the award-winning 1997 romantic comedy-drama As Good As it Gets at TFAC on Tuesday, April 9. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee and an evening showing at 7 p.m.

Jack Nicholson plays Melvin, a New York-based novelist with a host of obsessions and strange habits that severely limit his relationships. However, one person who is able to see beyond his social deficiencies is the waitress, Carol, played by Helen Hunt. Carol is the only person Nicholson’s character will allow to serve him at the restaurant where he eats breakfast every day. 

A third character in this complicated situation is Melvin’s neighbor, Simon, played by Greg Kinnear. Simon is the source of much tension and disruption to Melvin’s obsessive routines with great comedic effect.

The film won numerous awards, with Nicholson and Hunt winning both an Oscar and winning at the American Comedy Awards. Nicholson also picked up the Critic’s Choice Award and the Golden Globe, and Hunt gained the Golden Globe and The Blockbuster Video awards. The film was also nominated for the Academy Awards’ Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Greg Kinnear), as well as for its screenplay, editing and musical score.

Dog lovers will appreciate the important role played in this film by a talented Griffon Bruxellois named Verdell.  

This movie is one of a series of love stories being shown this season at Tryon Fine Arts Center this season. The final film in the series, The End of the Affair, will be screened on Tuesday, May 14.

The Tryon Fine Arts Center Box Office opens at 1:30 p.m. for the 2 p.m. matinee and at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and time to meet friends before the evening show. For more information about this film series and other events at TFAC, visit or call (828) 859-8322.


Submitted by Terry Brown