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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 4 2014
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Excellent produit reçu dans les délais et en bon état.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Jack's great performances! Jan. 22 2014
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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!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Jack, here is another one! Dec 19 2013
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My friend is a Nicholson fan. Every year I give her a movie. This picture shows what a diverse actor he is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever seen June 25 2013
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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. Since then I have re-watched it over and over again and never got tired of it. If you feel your life is pointless, just watch this. It won't give you a solution, but it might give you some clues about the route causes that makes you feel so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film in all ways..we must read the book!! March 30 2013
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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. It flows like the lead Nicholson character who is in almost every scene..all over..and everyone is scene as they relate to him..and at the end of the film we get asense of him too much of him and no one else and thats why its called...SCHMIDT! It works wonderfully since the lead is so good in this role and has mastered it I cant think of anyone surpassing this performance..and thats why the film works he has us under his spell. Here we have a character who's wife has died and he being a cuckold by a friend..does it get any worse?..and although he has a good attitude we are told he finds everyone else does not..and it doesnt seem to bother them, as a matter of fact nothing seems to bother them that much..and Schmidt seems all too sad about life..there's an old idea here which reads like an old play in which we try to find out whethter a character has an inner disposition to being sad or is spiritual..and what is Schmidt..and can we actually separate it from him or in him and is this often diagnosed as depression...or years ago melancholy or more accurately dolorism? Rather than showing us flashback after flashback like an old film..and the subject is the character's relation to a dead wife, who appears like a ghost haunting him from room to room, we learn of her through his relation with his wife and all the characters he meets..and they all sense his sadness but dont exactly reciprocate..strangely, is his sadness an accurate view of how life really is and the others.. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies of all time July 17 2004
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"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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By falcon
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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.and Nicholson really tones down his bigger than life "Jack"
persona.there's no over the top scenery chewing here.his performance is
very subtle and understated,and doesn't overshadow the supporting
cast.the basic gist of the story is that Warren Schmidt has just
retired,and ends up on a cross country journey that changes his
life.along the way he discovers himself and meets some interesting
characters,which provide some comic relief.there is strong supporting
cast here,including Kathy Bates(Misery)Hope Davis,Dermot Mulroney and
Howard Hesseman.not to sound maudlin,but this was a very and thought
provoking and enriching experience.for me,About Schmidt is a well
deserved 4.5/5
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