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About Schmidt (2002)

A man upon retirement embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected.

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Storyline

Warren Schmidt has led a safe, predictable life working in the insurance industry in Omaha, Nebr. for many years, yet now faces retirement. At the same time he is forced to take a hard look at his wife, his life and his relationship with his estranged daughter. An often hilarious series of events follow as Schmidt embarks on an unpredictable RV journey to attend his daughter's wedding in Denver. Written by wacoastguy

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Rated R for some language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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3 January 2003 (USA)  »

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As Confissões de Schmidt  »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$282,367 (USA) (13 December 2002)

Gross:

$65,010,106 (USA) (23 May 2003)
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Trivia

Alexander Payne said the screenplay was a hybrid of both the novel About Schmidt and his own original screenplay, The Coward, which he wrote while a student at UCLA. The title, main character and overall plot and theme were kept from About Schmidt, while The Coward was a story about a closed-minded man having a spiritual awakening as he closes in on the end of his life. See more »

Goofs

The position of the purple napkin when Schmidt is being fed the soup in bed. See more »

Quotes

Warren Schmidt: Randall, what happened about that investment opportunity? You never called me back.
Duncan Hertzel: You mean that pyramid scheme?
Larry Hertzel: Let's not talk about that now.
Duncan Hertzel: All I know is I lost $800.
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References Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001) See more »

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Takin' Care of Business
(1970)
Written by Randy Bachman
Performed by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Masterpiece
15 April 2004 | by (Aachen, Germany) – See all my reviews

This film was a masterpiece. It even shows that Nicholson is able to act unusually. We are used to him as grinning a man with pointed irony and sarcasm. But in the role of Warren Schmidt he did not use this specific talent just to entertain us but to open our mind for the possibly deep emptiness of people who call somewhere in their life and recognize that they aren't as rich as they are supposed to be. Schmidt tries to convince the audience that a full life should be the goal instead of just living without being aware of the own role. This can give a very positive motivation for every age.


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