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About Schmidt (2002)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  3 January 2003 (USA)
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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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Gary Nordin - Warren's Replacement
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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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

As Confissões de Schmidt  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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


$787,649 (Japan) (6 June 2003)

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Listed on a cinema marquee: (Left) Closed for repairs / (Right) Sideways (2004), the next movie directed by Alexander Payne. See more »


Throughout the retirement dinner, Warren Schmidt is wearing a small gold pin on the left lapel of his suit jacket. When he arrives home from the function and takes the phone call from his daughter, the pin is missing. See more »


Warren Schmidt: You're not gonna believe this. We had a tire swing over there.
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Written by Dan Fogelberg
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Enormous emotional impact.
11 December 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This is the saddest movie I've seen in years, maybe in my entire life. People who say it's comedy are dead wrong. It's a realistic, brutally true example of a failed life, and it's so tragic.

Nicholson plays Warren Schmidt, an insurance salesman, whose life crashes down on him when he retires. Nicholson, someone I've loved ever since I first saw him, gives his best performance since "One flew over the cuckoos nest". He's so subtle, so sad, so hollow. You don't doubt for a second that he is Schmidt. He has let his body age for the role, which makes him even more real.

Alexander Payne's direction is flawless. Everyone, simply everyone, does a great job portraying the various characters, from the hotshot newly educated young man who takes Schmidt's job, to the embarrassing buddy of Schmidt's daughter's fiancé.

This is a must-see movie. Even if you hate Jack in all his other movies, you will love him in this one. Don't expect a "hilarious comedy", though. This is a thoughtful movie and not "Anger Management".


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