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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 lorsquil porte carrément un film sur ses épaules, comme cest le cas dans About Schmidt, dAlexander Payne, il sagit dun véritable bonheur.
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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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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 ›
His daughter, who he has never been close to, is getting married and he doesn't think the man she is marrying is good enough for her. He decides to take his Winnebago and go see her before the wedding to try and talk her out of it, but she makes excuses for him not to come too early and he decides to take a slow tourist trip, instead, to pass some of the time. He is a rather boring sort of person.
To help make him feel needed he has started writing and sending money to an orphan overseas. He tells the boy all his problems, etc. in his letters, problems I'm sure the boy wouldn't understand, but it makes Schmidt feel better just to be able to tell someone what he has been feeling.
Kathy Bates, plays the kooky, hippy to be mother-in-law and hosts Schmidt at her house for the wedding. The hot-tub scene is hilarious. Schmidt is a little bewildered and put off with the family his daughter is marrying into as they are oddballs and just watching his interactions with them makes you grin.
I was impressed at his speech at the wedding reception and had a good chuckle, while still feeling a burst of admiration at how he expressed himself.
Jack and Kathy Bates stand out in this movie along with a good cast of other characters.Read more ›
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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!!Published on Jan. 22 2014 by Jeff Morant
My friend is a Nicholson fan. Every year I give her a movie. This picture shows what a diverse actor he is.Published on Dec 19 2013 by Jane McLean
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 morePublished on June 25 2013 by laosunny
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
Many critics unfairly compare "About Schmidt" to Alexander Payne's previous film "Election. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Brennon A. Slattery
what is wrong with these reviewers? one person says that it's funny, the next person says that it's depressing. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Erik D. Nance
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 morePublished on June 29 2004 by Mark R.
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 morePublished on June 18 2004 by Erin O'Brien