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The deeply thought provoking final minutes of this film make it largely worth seeing on its own merit, though the rest you need to know About Schmidt is that it's occasionally funny and consistently poignant.
- Watched again on blu-ray. This is a rare movie that actually get's better for me each time i see it, up to 3 or 4 viewings now. I think Nicholson is at his best here, he is so good, and it's quite different from his usual roles. Kathy Bates is awesome as well and Dermot Mulroney makes me laugh in this. Check it out!
- Just watched this again on TV, such a good movie. Very well written and Jack's best performance in some time.
Jack Nicholson gives one of his best performances in this Alexander Payne-directed dramedy. Nicholson plays a man who retires, at least a bit unwillingly, with his wife dying not long after. He then travels in a motor home to his daughters wedding, a wedding a to a man he doesn't really approve of. It is a well directed and well written movie that is sweet, bitter, funny, and dramatic all held together by Nicholson's wonderful performance. More than 30 years after Nicholson burst onto the scene in "Easy Rider," he proved he still was one of the finest actors in the business.
I'm afraid that, although, in it's own right, this is a good film, this film will be forgotten all too easily simply because there are too many like it. There is very little in the way of original ideas here.
In this superb performance of Jack Nicholson, he shows the depths of the character he can reach to give a fulfilling performance. A very slow paced and beautiful movie which really hits you by the end during his monologue.
Yeah, alright, I did shed a tear or two, but it was still an incredibly dull movie. Maybe I'll appreciate it more when I'm sixty-six. Fresh tomato for the way Jack Nicholson pronounces "Ngudu", plus it was nice of Michael Payne to include some existential questions which I, personally, have a soft spot for.
Nicholson is fantastic and Alexander Payne is as zany and comedic as ever in a film that will entertain and amuse throughout. One of Nicholson's shining moments late in his fantastic career, About Schmidt is an entertaining and funny film that will make the audience think, cry, laugh, and smile throughout. Pushing the boundaries of your normal comedy, Alexander Payne's authentic style comes full force making comedy out of the real life drama that encompass his character's lives.
Nothing really happened! It's a film about nothing in particular - he retires, his wife dies & his daughter gets married - all pretty usual occurrences! I didn't find anything moving or too original in this at all, which is a shame, since Nicholson is not bad in it, it's just a 2 hour long film of no particular consequence.
About Schmidt is about a man who has accomplished little meaningful in his life. This is the exact opposite of Jack Nicholson, and also Alexander Payne who have received many accolades but also contributed to great movies in cinema. I find it a bit strange that both Jack and Alexander Payne are both subdued in this movie, one works and one doesn't in that way. Jack Nicholson is brilliant as Warren Schmidt, the antithesis of many of his notable rebels he has played throughout his career. Warren is a man unable to express feelings bc hop one listens and implodes throughout the film with his wife's death and daughter's marriage. Alexander Payne's direction and script on the other hand is too subdue and lacks the wonderful writing and language of his later works. The plot moves traditionally and lacks meaningful direction like Schmidt. It can be seen as a disappointment but maybe that is how highly i tout Payne in the pantheon of 21st century America cinema. I will recommend this film for its acting
Jack Nicholson in a departure from his onscreen tough guy roles he is known for plays Schmidt, a guy in a late life crisis who is retiring from a job he doesn't really like. He decides to sponsor a kid in Tanzania after seeing a commercial on tv similar to Feed The Children Foundation. He writes disgruntled, cathartic letters to this young, poverty stricken boy who can't read or write. Schmidt can't stand his wife anymore. Her little quirks drive him crazy. "Who is this old woman?" He thinks to himself one morning when he wakes up. Schmidt's is helbent on stopping his daughter from marrying a water bed salesman with a ponytail and a handlebar mustache. So he takes to the road in his rv in an attempt to change her mind. Nicholson gives a strong, nuanced performance that ranks as one of his best in a very long, prestigious career. The Kathy Bates nude jacuzzi scene is what this movie is most famous for is only a few seconds long. Very good movie which shouldn't be missed.