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About Schmidt (2002)

About Schmidt

Overview


Genre

Drama, Comedy

Release Date

December 13, 2002

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

125 min.

Production Budget

$30 millions

Studio

New Line Cinema

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Alexander Payne

Producer

Michael Besman, Harry Gittes

Screenwriter

Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

Starring

Story


Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) has arrived at several of life's crossroads all at the same time. To begin with, he is retiring from a lifetime of service as an actuary for Woodmen of the World Insurance Company, and he feels utterly adrift. Furthermore, his only daughter Jeannie (Hope Davis) is about to marry a boob. And his wife Helen (June Squibb) dies suddenly after 42 years of marriage.

With no job, no wife, and no family, Warren is desperate to find something meaningful in his thoroughly unimpressive life. He sets out on a journey of self-discovery, exploring his roots across Nebraska in the 35-foot motor home in which he had planned to drive around the country with his late wife. His ultimate destination is Denver, where he hopes to bridge the gulf between himself and his somewhat estranged daughter by arriving early to help with her wedding preparations. Unfortunately, he hates the groom-to-be Randall (Dermot Mulroney), a profoundly mediocre, mediocre, underachieving waterbed salesman. To make matters worse, Warren is appalled by the free-spirited nature and boorish behavior of his soon-to-be in-laws (Kathy Bates and Howard Hesseman). Warren grows swiftly convinced that his new purpose in life is to stop his daughter's marriage.

During this darkly comic and painful odyssey, Warren details his adventures and shares his observations with an unexpected new friend and confessor -- Ndugu Umbo, a six-year-old Tanzanian orphan whom he sponsors for $22 a month through an organization that advertises on TV. From these long letters filled with a lifetime of things unsaid, Warren begins -- perhaps for the first time -- to glimpse himself and the life he has lived.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..The script has fine and funny moments, but the acting excels..”
by Eric Harrison [Houston Chronicle]
“..can't imagine it succeeding without Payne's sensitive direction or such a maddeningly perfect cast..”
by Barry Paris [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
“..Nicholson is amalgamating many familiar roles with Warren Schmidt, one of his more challenging characters..”
by Darrin Keene [Film Threat, Hollywood's Indie Voice]