• About Schmidt (2002)

About Schmidt

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

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

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

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    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

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    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.

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture