- Director: James L. Brooks
- Writers: Mark Andrus (story), Mark Andrus (screenplay), James L. Brooks (screenplay)
- Stars: Jack Nicholson (Melvin Udall), Helen Hunt (Carol Connelly), Greg Kinnear (Simon Bishop), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Frank Sachs), Skeet Ulrich (Vincent), Shirley Knight (Beverly)
load/weight off your mind
- when a problem that has been worrying you stops or is dealt with
Ex) I'm so relieved that I don't have to make a speech - it's such a weight off my mind!
SIMON : I found Verdell, Mr. Udall.
MELVIN : Well, that's a load off.
- to treat a person or animal badly or cruelly, or to use something in the wrong way
Ex) I never expected that he would abuse the trust I placed in him.
FRANK : Shhhh now. I like Simon. I like him enough to batter you unrecognizable if you verbally abuse him or so much as touch his dog again.
Meanwhile, I'll try and think how you can make this up to him.
- to prevent someone from doing something or going somewhere
Ex) Protesters tried to break into the building, but the police barred their way.
CAROL : Bryan says he doesn't care how long you've been coming you ever act like this again you're barred for life.
I'm gonna miss the excitement, but I'll handle it.
drive someone nuts
- = drive someone crazy [angry, crackers, mad, bananas, nuts, bonkers]
SIMON : I usually make such a big deal out of picking models but Carl's so thorough.
I'll bet he drove you nuts checking your references.
too much reality for a Friday night
YOUNG MAN : Too much reality for a Friday night.