About Schmidt
2003
When insurance actuary Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) retires and his wife dies, he looks for life's meaning on a road trip to his daughter's (Hope Davis) upcoming wedding to a waterbed salesman (Dermot Mulroney). But Schmidt can't seem to get anything right. En route to the wedding, he shares his life through letters with a Tanzanian boy he's sponsoring for 73 cents a day -- and soon, Schmidt discovers renewed purpose.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Don't expect the comedy that the advertising promises: This is a deep, sad, slow film about a man reflecting on his meaningless life. That's not to say that it lacks funny moments, though; there are some, and Delmot Mulroney's cluelessly tacky half-wit doesn't take long to begin generating giggles simply by appearing on screen. Nicholson gives a fascinating performance as the anti-Jack, a man devoid of the passion for wickedness that is the actor's defining trait. This is Payne's deepest if not best work.

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