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Warren Schmidt 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 is about to marry a boob. And his wife Helen dies suddenly after 42 years of marriage.
Drama - It's a very slow story of a man who has just retired and finds
himself wondering about his worth in life. The story shows him
traveling around meeting various people. Not much happens and it's
not especially interesting. I would say most average moviegoers will
find it to be too slow and boring.
PROFANITY: 6 GD's, 3 F-words. Just a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Sexual talk that's somewhat graphic and some female nudity. VIOLENCE: None DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some social drinking. ACTION: None COMEDY: Quite a few mild moments of humor.
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Boooring is what I predict most average moviegoers will think of this movie. What little does happen, happens at a snails pace and isn't very interesting. I go to a movie to be entertained and this movie is not entertaining. The only ones likely to enjoy "About Schmidt" are those who's taste in movies generally runs close to that of movie critics since they enjoyed it very much.
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.
With no job, no wife, and no family,
Warren is desperate to find something meaningful in his thoroughly unimpressive
life. He sets out on journey of self-discovery, exploring his roots across
Nebraska in the 35-foot motor home in which he had planned to drive around the
country with his late wife. His ultimate destination is Denver, where he hopes
to bridge the gulf between himself and his somewhat estranged daughter by
arriving early to help with her wedding preparations. Unfortunately, he hates
the groom-to-be Randall (Dermot Mulroney), a profoundly mediocre, underachieving
waterbed salesman. To make matters worse, Warren is appalled by the
free-spirited nature and boorish behavior of his soon-to-be in-laws (Kathy Bates
and Howard Hesseman). Warren grows swiftly convinced that his new purpose in
life is to stop his daughter's marriage.
Throughout his journey, Warren details
his adventures and shares his observations with an unexpected new friend and
confessor -- Ndugu Umbo, a six-year-old Tanzanian orphan whom he sponsors for
$22 a month through an organization that advertises on TV. From these long
letters filled with a lifetime of things unsaid, Warren begins -- perhaps for
the first time -- to glimpse himself and the life he has lived.