As Good As It Gets: “You make me want to be a better man” Super Quote Off Extravaganza!

As Good As It Gets: You make me want to be a better man
As good as it gets? Maybe. Depends. Whatever happened to Greg Kinnear, anyway?!

Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) from As Good As it Gets (1997) utters these words in what is a rather excellent film, to be honest. This quote was submitted to the largely odious Buzzfeed (apologies to any fans, but we really can’t start that dive) as a great “romantic” quote: “You make me want to be a better man.” Is it really romantic? He wants to be a better man, but will he bother going through with it?

Had the events of the film been a reality, Helen Hunt would now still only be 52 and she’d be married with kids to the cantankerous 78 year old Jack Nicholson. Is that 26 year age gap insurmountable, or is it just us? Anyway, we decided to do a quote off on varying phrases which Mr. Nicholson could have ad-libbed whilst on set. Why not?

You make me want to be a better man

Melvin UdallLet’s start things off with the real quote. Being serious for a moment, Nicholson delivers the line earnestly and not like the Joker in that Batman film he was in back in ’89. It wouldn’t have been good acting if he’d done that. Full marks, Jack!

You make me want to be a woman

You make me want to be a better man This would have made for a rather different type of film, huh?

You make me want to be a butter man

Melvin Udall

Margarine or butter? It’s one of life’s many difficulties. Clearly, Melvin has no problem making his mind up after meeting Helen Hunt.

You make me want to be a betting man

You make me want to be a better man Having staved off a potential gambling addiction his entire life, Helen Hunt makes Melvin Udall cave in and place a $50,000 bet on a 351/1. Fool!

You make me want Toby, he’s a better man than you’ll ever be!

Melvin Udall

 We don’t know who (or whom) Toby is, but if Melvin’s made up his mind then that’s the way to be.

You make me want to be

You make me want to be a better man

Suffering an existential crisis, Melvin contemplates how to “be” – what a stupid old git.

You make me want to be a batting man

Melvin UdallHas Jack Nicholson ever been in a film about cricket? Perhaps now is the time!

You make me want to be a baguette man

You make me want to be a better manWe all love baguettes, but cantankerous old Udall probably doesn’t. Can Helen Hunt turn him onto the right kind of bread path?

You make me want to be a belting man

Melvin Udall

“Belting” as in “awesome” in British vernacular – kind of the same thing as “better” but we think belting is a better adjective here.

You make me want to be a belching man

You make me want to be a better man

Heck, after our Mozart and scatological humour post we’ve got to get at least one bit of dodgy humour in.

You make me want to watch Better Call Saul

Melvin Udall

We’re enjoying the Netflix series a great deal. It’s not Breaking Bad, but it doesn’t need to be!

You make me want to be a bitter man

You make me want to be a better man

There’s nothing wrong with growing old and being bitter about everything. We’ve already mastered the art at only 31. Bastards!

You make me want to be a sweater man

Melvin Udall

Melvin Udall would look great in sweaters so hopefully Helen Hunt will knit him some after this statement.

You make me want to be a sweating man

You make me want to be a better man

Mind you, if they did get into a relationship Udall would have to lose some weight so he’d have to hit the gym and sweat out a few pounds.

You make me want to be an Irish setter man

Melvin Udall

What’s wrong with the dog/enlarged hamster you’ve got there, Udall?

You make me want to be a settee man

You make me want to be a better man

Udall prefers chairs, but he finally gives in to the urge of long upholstered furniture arrangements. Good on you, man!

You make me want to be a beggar, man

Melvin Udall

Udall wants to give up his career as a writer to be a beggar? Whatever, dude.

You make me want to be a bigger man

You make me want to be a better man

In this version of the film, Udall decides to become the most morbidly obese human being in history. Nice goal, sir! Honourable.

You make me want to be a weatherman

Melvin Udall

Who wouldn’t want to be a weatherman? Even women would love that job title!

You make me want to be a lesser man

You make me want to be a better man

Why not? There’s nothing wrong with lowering your standards.

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