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  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Kathy Bates, June Squibb
  • Directors: Alexander Payne
  • Writers: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Louis Begley
  • Producers: Bill Badalato, Harry Gittes, Michael Besman, Rachael Horovitz
  • Format: Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • Release Date: June 3 2003
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 230 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005JLSK
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Warren Schmidt (Nicholson) has arrived at several of life's crossroads at the same time. He retires as an insurance salesman, his only daughter is about to get married, and his wife suddenly dies. He journeys to Denver hoping to bridge the gulf between his estranged daughter. Unfortunately, Warren hates the groom, a waterbed salesman, and his free-spirited parents. He is convinced that his new purpose in life is to stop the marriage.


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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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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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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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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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