About Schmidt

About Schmidt

DVD - 2003
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Warren Schmidt is about the taste the not-so-sweet slice of life. When he retired, he and his wife, Helen, had big plans - but an unexpected twist changes everything. Now, all of Schmidt's attention is focused on his daughter's upcoming wedding to a loser waterbed salesman. From meeting the groom's hippie parents to sponsoring a Tanzanian foster child, Schmidt embarks on a search for answers, only to discover that life is full of trick questions.

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roystreet
Dec 12, 2015

I wasn't too sure about this at the start, but it grew on me. Nicholson is refreshingly unmannered. The director has drawn some very good acting out of the entire cast. I keep going back to the look on the faces of the bride and groom as they say their vows: so much excitement and joy; little do they know . . . .

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COURIER3
Nov 12, 2015

I seen this 2003 movie years ago. When i seen it on the dashboard I ordered it again.
Jack was overweight in this movie. Seen many towns from my former home state of Nebraska. That was one huge motor home. Scenes with Kathy Bates a hoot.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

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JackPurcell
Oct 08, 2015

A moving presentation that strikes a bit close to home for this 73 year old man, though Nicholson's character was only 67. A lot of the questions asked by Schmidt about himself and his life will probably be asked by anyone of our age group. And the answers we get won't be any more satisfactory.

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Wootex
Apr 09, 2015

Director Alexander Payne's films all expertly walk the thin line between being very funny and very sad. This film does it best and features great performances and a profoundly moving ending.

I love the way "participant" ribbons are proudly displayed in Randall's room.

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 17, 2014

Top-notch acting by Jack Nicholson portraying a just-retired former insurance company executive, whose wife has died suddenly. It is about the realization that as a person one has not accomplished much in life, about loneliness, and a desperate desire to reach out to communicate. In a way it is a depressing film. I hope one day I won't walk the path of the protagonist.

hania4987 Jan 11, 2014

based on the trailer I saw, I was expecting a completely different movie. It was played with such straightforward simplicity that with a lesser cast it could have been a bad caricature. I think this is a very different role for Jack Nicholson.

JCLBeckyC May 13, 2013

I saw this movie over a decade ago and Kathy Bates' hot tub scene still cracks me up whenever I think of it. Jack Nicholson makes me care about the curmudgeonly character he plays even though I don't have much in common with him. A sad, funny, quirky film.

wayne19711012 Apr 28, 2012

i feel so old

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bdls206
Apr 03, 2011

I kept watching and waiting for this movie to get good, but sadly it never did. I know I may be wrong, or maybe I missed something, but I was really bored by this movie.

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 17, 2014

Sexual Content: Brief nudity by Kathy Bates (yes, be warned!) in a hot tube scene. Fairly comical, though.

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bdls206
Apr 03, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Apr 03, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Apr 03, 2011

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bdls206
Apr 03, 2011

Warren Schmidt is forced to deal with an ambiguous future as he enters retirement. Soon after, his wife passes away and he must come to terms with his daughter's marriage to a man he does not care for and the failure that his life has become.

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bdls206
Apr 03, 2011

Warren Schmidt: Relatively soon, I will die. Maybe in 20 years, maybe tomorrow, it doesn't matter. Once I am dead and everyone who knew me dies too, it will be as though I never existed. What difference has my life made to anyone. None that I can think of. None at all.

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