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      About Schmidt

      2002, Comedy/Drama, 2h 4m

      205 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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      In this funny, touching character study, Nicholson gives one of the best performances of his career. Read critic reviews

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      (left to right) Kathy Bates and Jack Nicholson (Warren Schmidt) star in New Line Cinema's upcoming comedic-drama ABOUT SCHMIDT. Kathy Bates (far left) and Jack Nicholson (far right) star in Alexander Payne's, About Schmidt. Kathy Bates stars in Alexander Payne's, About Schmidt. Jack Nicholson stars in Alexander Payne's, About Schmidt. Jack Nicholson stars in Alexander Payne's, About Schmidt. Jack Nicholson stars in Alexander Payne's, About Schmidt. Kathy Bates stars in Alexander Payne's, About Schmidt. Hope Davis stars in Alexander Payne's, About Schmidt. A scene from the film ABOUT SCHMIDT. Jack Nicholson (left) and Director Alexander Payne on the set of About Schmidt. (l to r): Dermot Mulroney (Randall,) Hope Davis (Jeannie,) and Jack Nicholson (Warren Schmidt) star in New Line Cinema's upcoming comedic-drama ABOUT SCHMIDT. Jack Nicholson as Warren Schmidt in New Line Cinema's upcoming comedic-drama ABOUT SCHMIDT. Jack Nicholson (left) and Director Alexander Payne on the set of About Schmidt. Dermot Mulroney (left), Hope Davis (center) and Jack Nicholson star in Alexander Payne's, About Schmidt. Jack Nicholson stars in Alexander Payne's, About Schmidt. Harry Groener (left), Connie Ray (middle) and Jack Nicholson star in Alexander Payne's, About Schmidt. Jack Nicholson stars in Alexander Payne's, About Schmidt. Kathy Bates stars in Alexander Payne's, About Schmidt. Dermot Mulroney stars in Alexander Payne's, About Schmidt. Director Alexander Payne on the set of About Schmidt.

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      Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) has arrived at several of life's crossroads all at the same time. To begin with, he is retiring from a lifetime of service as an actuary for Woodmen of the World Insurance Company, and he feels utterly adrift. Furthermore, his only daughter Jeannie (Hope Davis) is about to marry a boob. And his wife Helen (June Squibb) dies suddenly after 42 years of marriage.

      • Rating: R (Some Language|Brief Nudity)

      • Genre: Comedy, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Alexander Payne

      • Producer: Harry Gittes, Michael Besman

      • Writer: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $65.0M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: New Line Cinema

      • Production Co: New Line Cinema

      • Sound Mix: Dolby SR, DTS, Dolby Stereo, Surround, SDDS, Dolby A, Dolby Digital

      • Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Jack Nicholson
      Hope Davis
      Dermot Mulroney
      Kathy Bates
      Len Cariou
      June Squibb
      Bill Badalato
      James Glennon
      Jane Ann Stewart
      Kevin Tent
      Rolfe Kent
      Wendy Chuck

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      • Apr 14, 2019

        Jack Nicholson gives a nuanced performance as a square, one of those guys who defines himself by his job, at the end of the line and suddenly w/o that job. Now what? Agonizing reappraisal. A tender look into the heart of American darkness, ably assisted by a decent supporting cast.

        kevin w Super Reviewer
      • Apr 03, 2013

        Another fantastic comedy from Sideways director Alexander Payne, About Schmidt tells the story of an old man searching for meaning in his life as he ventures to his daughter's wedding in Colorado. Along the way he meets various eccentrics, including his son-in-law's mother, a hilariously vulgar woman played by Kathy Bates. Jack Nicholson is great in the lead role, giving one of the best performances of his career, and Kathy Bates has some incredibly funny scenes. Like all Alexander Payne movies, About Schmidt also has an undercurrent of emotion, and Jack Nicholson does a great job of making you understand and feel for Warren Schmidt as he struggles to find satisfaction and happiness. About Schmidt is yet another well-acted, well-written, and thoughtful movie from Alexander Payne, and should come as a breath of fresh air for those sick of shallow low-brow comedies.

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      • May 27, 2012

        odd film that warrants viewing for nicholson in the lead. sadly this is not something you'll view again and again due to its slow pacing. alexander payne makes interesting films but sadly they aren't exactly crowd favourites.

        brendan n Super Reviewer
      • Feb 29, 2012

        One of Jack Nicholson's last great performances, About Schmidt is just the right mix of dark humor and drama.

        chris h Super Reviewer

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