A single mother/waitress, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship.
The title says it all. James L. Brooks's unconventional romantic comedy about three lost souls who form an unexpected bond boasts Oscar-winning performances by Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt. Jack is in his element as Melvin, a misanthropic obsessive-compulsive writer who becomes mad about a beleaguered waitress and single mother (Hunt). The National Board of Review honored Greg Kinnear for his performance as Melvin's gay neighbor and favorite target of verbal abuse.