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About Schmidt (Widescreen) [Import]

Jack Nicholson , Hope Davis , Alexander Payne    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
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Chaque apparition de Jack Nicholson au grand écran est un plaisir. Mais lorsqu’il porte carrément un film sur ses épaules, comme c’est le cas dans About Schmidt, d’Alexander Payne, il s’agit d’un véritable bonheur.

Après de longues années de bons et loyaux services dans une compagnie d’assurances, Warren Schmidt prend sa retraite et se retrouve déprimé par ce vide soudain. Rien ne s’arrangera lorsque sa fille lui annoncera son mariage avec un raté et que sa femme mourra après 42 ans de vie commune. Monsieur Schmidt entreprendra alors un long voyage en véhicule récréatif de luxe et parrainera un enfant africain pour tenter de trouver un sens à son existence.

Maniant habilement la tragicomédie, Alexander Payne présente un point de vue particulièrement touchant sur la vieillesse. Car même s’il se sert de ses personnages avec beaucoup d’ironie pour faire rire, il les regarde également avec une grande tendresse. Il offre aussi à Nicholson un rôle à la hauteur de son talent, en vieux grincheux égoïste et malheureux, et lui permet de se mesurer à d’excellents comédiens, dont Kathy Bates, désopilante en vieille hippie. Parfois acide, souvent hilarant, About Schmidt est une comédie douce-amère au scénario riche et au rythme enlevé, qui permet encore une réflexion sur la difficulté de se définir lorsqu’on tombe à la retraite dans notre société conditionnée par le travail. --Helen Faradji

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Nicholson/Davis/Mulroney/Bates ~ About Schmidt

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies of all time July 17 2004
"About Schmidt" is, simply put, a milestone in American cinema. Coming off "Election," which was quite possibly the funniest movie of all time, director Alexander Payne delivered another classic here, but one of a different stripe. With Jack Nicholson delivering a performance that's somehow both low-key and passionate, this character study relentlessly examines the darker side of human existence, plumbing the depths of despair and hopelessness. However, the central character isn't a serial killer, a sex offender, or some similar paragon of depravity. Instead, he's a quiet, 66-year-old newly retired actuary from Nebraska named Warren Schmidt. That's what really makes this movie so depressing: someday, maybe not too far off, any of us could wind up like this movie's antihero, retired, widowed, and feeling useless.
Alexander Payne's portrait of Midwestern suburban life is almost unrelentingly bleak, following its main character around and focusing on all the tiny indignities that steadily pile up on him. The relentlessly self-analytical Warren has examined his life in search of some higher purpose, and he's come up lacking. Looking back he can see only missed opportunities and pointless toil, and looking ahead he only glimpses loneliness and impending death. He has only two things left that give his life any semblance of meaning: his attempts to prevent his beloved daughter from marrying a mulleted, fu-manchued waterbed salesman named Randall; and Ndugu, the Tanzanian orphan whom he starts supporting financially early in the movie. Warren's letters to Ndugu serve as a perfect framing device, providing a window to the internal conflicts that roil beneath his quiet exterior.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Devastatingly Sad and Darkly Humorous July 15 2004
Many critics unfairly compare "About Schmidt" to Alexander Payne's previous film "Election." Both movies are completely different and appeal to different people and tastes. "Schmidt" is more grown-up, more human, and less accessible and commercial. It is Payne's masterpiece.
Jack Nicholson, in one of his all-time best performances, plays a recent retiree who goes through an end-of-life crisis. His wife dies and his daughter is marrying an idiot, played with comedic brilliance by Dermot Mulroney. He hops in his Winnebago and drives across the United States to have his say. Nicholson is a tired old man who doesn't want to give up on life quite yet, and in a last show of defiance and nonconformity, he tries to stop the wedding.
"Schmidt," to some, is an unrelenting Prozac festival. But if you have a taste for black comedy, and enjoy watching ordinary people fail miserably and make jackasses out of themselves, as well as appreciate good drama, "Schmidt" is your type of movie. It's true, most of the film is sad. But there are moments -- especially when Nicholson shows up at Kathy Bates's house and has to endure her completely dysfunctional brood -- of comedic genius.
If that's not enough to convince you, watch it for Nicholson's performance alone. Oftentimes in his long spanning career, Nicholson has resorted to playing mockeries of his public persona -- flashing those eyebrows and exploding that smile of his. But in "Schmidt" he appropriately plays the role of an old defeated man. You won't even know it's him. He seems to have aged an additional 67 years just to play this role, and it's inspiring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what?! July 2 2004
what is wrong with these reviewers? one person says that it's funny, the next person says that it's depressing. one of the top reviewers said that it's a film meant only for jack nicholson fans, yet i couldn't disagree any more.
my guess is this. the family goes to blockbuster to rent a movie, and they see "about schmidt." though the movie is found in the drama section, the view of the majority is that it's another one of the infamous "crazy person" nicholson roles, making for a "blisteringly funny" comedy .. or at least a good show. then, what do you know? the movie turns out to be a bummer. however, it's only because the expectation was not met.
this is not a film for jack nicholson fans. one reviewer made this comment: "By far the tiredest, lamest movie I have ever seen. I've never been Jack's biggest fan, but this is sooooooo bad. I can't believe he did this. Go get Anger Management instead." see what i am saying?! this reviewer wanted the crazy, psycho, FUNNY jack nicholson. when he or she met a retired, secluded, and very off base man trying to find meaning in life, they gave up on the film. it's obvious that they wanted something more along the lines of adam sandler's work (with the exception of punch-drunk love) than a serious film.
now, on to other things. one reviewer stated that jack nicholson ends up playing the same role over and over again, the (and i quote) "crusty curmudgeon with a heart of gold." how off target could one be? one gets the feeling in this movie that jack is heartless - he has little passion for his marriage, he wants to keep his own daughter from marrying, and the only thing he seems to do right in the entire movie is send money to a starving kid in a third world country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent produit reçu dans les délais et en bon état.
Published 2 months ago by amateur
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Jack's great performances!
A very underrated film from Alexander Payne. Such a great story with great performances down the board. Plus you can't beat the price at $5!!
Published 8 months ago by Jeff Morant
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Jack, here is another one!
My friend is a Nicholson fan. Every year I give her a movie. This picture shows what a diverse actor he is.
Published 9 months ago by Jane McLean
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever seen
I watched this movie 6 years ago and I was shock how deep it reflected on life's meaning and the shallowness of consumer society. Read more
Published 15 months ago by laosunny
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film in all ways..we must read the book!!
This film is really wonderful in so many ways well directed acted and put together scene by scene and it is very long and surprising for a film dealing with this topic never drags. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Anthony Marinelli
4.0 out of 5 stars a thought provoking and enriching experience (4.5/5)
i loved this movie.it's touching,funny and ironic.the title character
played by Jack Nicholson is so likable,you can't help but root for
him. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2008 by falcon
1.0 out of 5 stars God, what a depressing movie
What a depressing and movie. I kept watching it hoping that at some pivotal point in the movie Schmidt would have some revelation and find some purpose. Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Mark R.
5.0 out of 5 stars All joking aside
Jack Nicholson is Warren R. Schmidt, an Omaha insurance executive being forcibly retired at the too-early age of 66. He has lived to see his work literally binned by his firm. Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by Erin O'Brien
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicholson, the arch-angel of cinema
I had forgotten how good the movie About Schmidt was. Jack Nicholson is arguably at his finest in this movie, although cookoo's nest, shining, as good as it gets, chinatown, ahhh,... Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by W. Wade
5.0 out of 5 stars ABOUT JACK
Put Warren Schmidt in the upper tier of great Nicholson characters. This is as probing and complex a character study that Jack has taken on in some years and it's a welcomed... Read more
Published on June 7 2004 by Gregory Saffady
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