About Schmidt

The story of Warren Schmidt's working in an insurance company. After retirement, he begins to rethink his life, trying to figure out whether he was able to achieve all of their dreams in a career, marriage and family life. The daughter of Warren almost never communicates with him, lives in Denver and is going to marry a man he disapproves of. What should I do? Schmidt travels across the country to stop this wedding, and at the same time find meaning in their own lives.

  • Alexander Payne

Release Date: 2003-01-03
IMDb icon 7.1/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Budget: $30,000,000
  • Revenue: Cumulative Worldwide $105,834,556
Sidonnie Alper
05 August 2011 | 03:54

"About Schmidt". What a concise and this significant name. It would be possible to call the film simply "Schmidt", but no. The preposition "On" is very important here. This succinct formulation relaxes the attitude to and its main character, I would even say "crony". Once it becomes clear that it will be about a simple man of the building the language of the narrative is under become the main character in the same simple.

The film "About Schmidt" — a real one-man show of Jack Nicholson. He — the center of the story. It hero — the center of his micro-universe. But what exists in his life? Nothing, emptiness, a spiritual vacuum. People periodically find themselves next to him, but none them leaves his heart a trace. And they and does disappear from his field of vision, like autumn leaves driven by the wind, leaving about myself only memories. There are, of course, wife and daughter, whom he likes, but life shows him that this fleeting. Than more to share my life? Work? But here life proves him to the contrary, showing that work — it's kind of a Sisyphean task, useful here now, entry a pension, forget all. The only outlet for Warren Schmidt become letters that he says the African boy ndugu is. And it's not that it seeks to help the starving children of Africa, and that he needs a window in he could take out your emotions and feelings. With same it could write a letter to Santa Claus or someone else that meets the moral support and sympathetic, albeit not to send a response. For Warren, it is important to pour out my feelings on the paper to let world on email no matter whether they heard and understood.

It is important to note the wonderful game of Jack Nicholson who played his not very eloquent character's facial expressions, eyes, light gesture. Even when its hero is silent shows that emotions break out and appear in an awkward glance, movement, smirk. But the viewer realizes that this silence is almost a cry of thoughts and feelings that overwhelm character, but routine old age closed them on eternal bolt.

Demonstration in film the visual style. The camera slowly shows us the different paintings done, like random photos. In the scenes the main character, we see the emptiness and loneliness around him, and even when frame with him be other characters, felt the distance separating them. All focused on that to feel that the atmosphere of loneliness and emptiness.

Thus, it was a great film-emotion, which, without needing to excessive discharge of sadness and knock the audience's tears, and accurate and simply conveys one emotion — the feeling of emptiness of life as a fading signal S. O. S.

Rosalie Milly
03 March 2014 | 02:20

Our whole life — it is an endless search. Thinking: here it is a cherished, we often make mistakes and do not learn from the mistakes. All we are his alone, and closed in myself... So and Warren Schmidt. Life ceased its hold after "care for peace" — and if she at all? But now Warren finally got some time to think, to pause, to rethink.

His daughter — like a stranger, a room which for some reason recorded in the phone book with marked "daughter." And it's no with it. It never with it. So is that children are not love my parents. Left only a stamp in the passport and vague memories of childhood. And the father loves — him need support. Yes, parents always know how better to their beloved children. And this topic is perfectly shown here.

Image of Warren to the middle of the movie — during travel — caused my deep sympathy and regret. But it is not give up. He goes to purpose — it goes to Denver — and... loses, but... really is it true? Of course, no. Albeit not finding happiness with his family, he found the meaning of life, in the existence of which at the return it doubt, thanks to the person from his many miles... It's not the most valuable life?

7 of the 10

for a heartfelt performance as Jack Nicholson put some 10. Thanks to him for it.

Abbey East
26 February 2010 | 10:22

In the life of an aging employee of the insurance company, Warren Schmidt happen exciting changes. After many years he goes to retire and finally ready to go to traveling his beloved wife Helen. Specially for this trip was even bought a trailer for the latest model. But, sometimes the unexpected: from hemorrhage in the brain is dying spouse and Schmidt is forced to deal with funeral arrangements. Not happy Warren and only daughter Ginny, who came from Denver, along with her fiance Randall Hertzel that Schmidt, to put it mildly, does not like. But, after a fortnight of apathy and depression, a pensioner and a widower to sit behind the wheel of his brand new "home on wheels" and is embarking on a way. Schmidt is determined to break up the wedding of his beloved Ginny and dupes of Randal, who, to the addition, and trades water mattresses...

The Alexander Payne film "About Schmidt" — it is subtle, full of irony and sadness the story of loneliness change, thinking about the family values with elements of "road movie". Coming to screens in 2002, liked the movie as critics, so the audience was nominated for the Palme d'or, has received a number of prestigious awards. Film based on the novel by Louis Begley, tells us the story of a man who, left alone, reinvents the intervening years, trying to start a new Chapter in my life... Warren Schmidt is so alone the only one close to him a person is "called the son" from far Tanzania ndugu is six-year-old orphan. Schmidt sends him sponsorship and writes letters that pass a certain leitmotif through all of tape.

Although the work of the Director and was height, an important component of the success of the tape was a wonderful cast, in which the "first violin" played the inimitable Jack Nicholson. Each role in this distinguished actor is a work of art, not exception Warren Schmidt. Thin, verified game turns the picture in the real benefit of this master. Three-time Oscar Nicholson was able to fourth, but lost to Adrien Brody. It is impossible to ignore the magnificent Kathy Bates, who played the extravagant Robert Hartzell, he reveals to us bright and a memorable image.

Among other things, "About Schmidt" Alexander Payne reflects on the important issue of how old age. How to live, if you become a nobody is needed? What to do when life slowly but surely coming to an end? Can we become better and help others?

After watching this great tape, try to answer on these questions. Warren Schmidt, as I think that succeeded, as evidenced such poignant and uplifting finale!

10 of 10

How much has About Schmidt made?
Commercial tv-show fees worldwide today are Cumulative Worldwide $105,834,556.
How much did it cost to make About Schmidt?
According to various sources, the cost of producing the tv-show was at least $30,000,000.
Who is the director of the movie About Schmidt?
This tv-show was directed by Alexander Payne.
What is the genre of About Schmidt?
The tv-show belongs to the genres of Comedy, Drama.
Who starred in About Schmidt?
Many famous actors starred in this tv-show, here are the names of the most famous: Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, June Squibb.
What is About Schmidt IMDB Ranking?
At the moment, the rating is 7.1.
When was About Schmidt released?
The start date for this tv-show on USA TV is 2003-01-03.