The Bottom Line: Really, really sad and goes at a slow pace. Just remember the tissues.
I'm on the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Nomination Committee for the SAG Awards. I'll admit it, I'm a lucky duck. I've been getting DVDs and videos of movies that have just been released so that I can consider the cast and film for an award. (I've got the BIG categories, too: Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Film.) I guess I should have been writing all along, but I don't really enjoy writing movie reviews.
About Schmidt, however, moved me to write this one.
I received About Schmidt on DVD a couple of days ago. Last night, I wanted to watch a movie. Jared didn't want to watch 8 Mile, so it was a choice between Adaptation and About Schmidt. I chose the latter of the two. Big mistake.
Here's the basic summary: Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) retires and starts re-evaluating his life. He's not happy with what he sees. He sponsors a child through one of those Sally Struthers programs, and writed his foster child, Ndugu, a letter about his life, more or less complaining about everything. There is a tragedy (I don't want to spoil it) that he has to deal with, and gets reunited with his daughter, Jeannie (Hope Davis). He feels Jeannie is marrying below herself and drives to Colorado to try to talk her out of it.
That's about it. I don't want to spoil anything.
This movie is NOT a comedy. It's not a drama, either. I guess it can be called a dramedy, which is how we referred to shows and films we laughed and cried at during college. However, I cried more than I laughed.
Jack Nicholson, of course, was fantastic. He is Waren Schmidt. Kathy Bates is good, too. (WARNING: You will see her bare breasts.) There is a good deal of chemistry in the cast. But, it's just so darned depressing. I don't think I'll be nominating anyone from this film, let alone the film itself, except for Nicholson. He did win the Golden Globe for it. And during his acceptance speech, he said, "Here I thought we were making a comedy."
Hope Davis as Warren's daughter Jeannie was fantastic. She is terrific as a woman who has to choose living her own life or taking care of her father. She also has to choose between her father and her fiance. Davis plays an excellent Jeanie as she makes her father understand why she has made her choices. I would, however, liked to have seen more emotion in her feelings towards her mother. That issue seems as though it isn't addressed, except when she gets off the plane and hugs her father.
With all of the funny things they showed during the trailers, I thought I would be laughing up a storm. I was crying for the first ENTIRE hour of this film. I'm sorry, but I can't handle sad movies, specifically films about death. I have enough tragedy in my life! But, if you like sad movies, then this is a film for you.
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Pros: thought provoking Cons: really sad, quite slow The Bottom Line: Really, really sad and goes at a slow pace. Just remember the tissues. I'm on the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Nomination Committee for the SAG Awards. I'll admit it, I'm a lucky duck. I've been getting DVDs and videos of movies that have just been released so that I can consider the cast and film for an award. (I've got the BIG categories, too: Best Actor, Best … more
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Jack Nicholson stars as Warren Schmidt, a man who is set adrift following retirement and the sudden death of his wife. Uncertain about his future as well as his past, Warren packs up his 30-foot Winnebago to set out on a journey across the Nebraska plains to attend his daughter's (Hope Davis) wedding to a waterbed salesman (Dermot Mulroney). But every step he takes seems wrong, and Warren seems destined to end his life as he lived it: a failure. But along the way, Warren recounts his journey and shares his observations with an unexpected friend - a poor Tanzanian boy he is sponsoring for 73 cents a day. In his long letters to the boy, Warren begins to see himself and the life he has lived with new eyes.