About Schmidt

About Schmidt ★★★★

ABOUT SCHMIDT (15)
D: Alexander Payne
New Line (Michael Gittes & Harry Besman)
USA 🇺🇸 2002
125 mins
 
Comedy/Drama
 
W: Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor [based on the novel by Louis Begley]
DP: James Glennon
Ed: Kevin Tent
Mus: Rolfe Kent
PD: Jane Ann Stewart
 
Jack Nicholson (Warren Schmidt), Hope Davis (Jeannie), Dermot Mulroney (Randall Hertzel), Kathy Bates (Roberta Hertzel), June Squibb (Helen Schmidt)
 
Jack Nicholson delivers a great performance once again as Warren Schmidt, a retired widow, who travels across America in his mobile home to attend his estranged daughter's wedding to a man who Schmidt simply cannot stand.
The director and screenwriting partnership of Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor present a quirky variety of comedy rather than belly laughs, but they do it very well, taking a leaf out of Woody Allen's book.
The style certainly isn't to everyone's taste, but it's worth watching for Nicholson's performance alone, plus great support from the ensemble cast, especially Kathy Bates, who almost steals the show in one of the more memorable scenes (albeit for perhaps the wrong reasons).
A quirky and amusing look at a late-life crisis and amongst the best films of 2002.
8/10