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Release Date: December 20th, 2002

DVD Release Date: June 3rd, 2003

R|2 hr 4 min

Plot Summary
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.

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Kathy Bates, Len Cariou, Howard Hesseman, June Squibb, Harry Groener

Director: Alexander Payne

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: New Line Cinema

Distributors: New Line Cinema

Keywords: Daughter, Witty, Office, Emotional, 2000s, Death

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It is also Nicholson at his bravest and riskiest. By banking his fires and staying alert to the smallest details, he delivers a monumental performance that blasts your expectations and batters your heart. show more

  • This ambitious, entertaining movie, which showed at film festivals earlier this year, has been hailed in some quarters as a masterpiece worthy of Arthur Miller's Willy Loman or Sinclair Lewis's George Babbitt. Yet its social comments are stained by condescension, and its uplift is sustained by sentimentality that Mr. Nicholson's prickly Everyman can't conceal.

  • A quiet, heart-rending masterpiece, one with an actor's turn that people will remember, and rediscover, eons into the future. show more

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2002)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture