...if that wasn't one of the better, more memorable lines in any movie made in the 90's...
And that line encapsulates the story, which is essentially the story of an incredibly interesting, accomplished, and intelligent man who's fears dominate him to such an extent that the viewer sees the exact opposite through most of the film.
The movie documents the transformitive effect that human caring can have as an element of value in life that trancends the material. Nicholson plays a man who has the money, the success, the perfectly organized enviroment, but is completely devoid of companionship.
When introduced; as it is both in his relationship with his neighbor (through his beautiful dog...which happens to be a Brussels Griffon to anyone curious) or Helen Hunt, his waitress, the threat in needing companionship ushers all kinds of wild and comedic turmoil, but in the end...well, I won't spoil it for those who have yet to view.
And to that class of people, who have yet to see this film, count yourself lucky, it's a beautiful comedy about love, and it's power to help man triumph over fear. To those of you who have seen this and are considering buying the movie, I recommend you do. It's one of the few in my collection that I frequently watch and enjoy.