Après de longues années de bons et loyaux services dans une compagnie dassurances, Warren Schmidt prend sa retraite et se retrouve déprimé par ce vide soudain. Rien ne sarrangera 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 sil se sert de ses personnages avec beaucoup dironie 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 dexcellents 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 lorsquon tombe à la retraite dans notre société conditionnée par le travail. --Helen Faradji
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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. Read more