A great movie but for me the written narrative running throughout the movie to Ndugu, a 6 Y.O. African child who Schmidt, uncharacterisically, fosters at $22.50 a month is not necessary and it really seems impausible coming from someone as mean, self centred and pragmatic as the character Nicholson is playing. He isn't that stupid that he wouldn't realise a six year old Tanzanian would not have a clue about his ramblings, nor even be able to read them.
It should have simply been him narrating his thoughts to the audience. The rest?......Gold.
A hard to classify movie. At times a satire, at others an investigation of anger, disappointment & self-delusion. Like Payne's 'Sideways' without the humour. Leaves a bitter taste. Depressing.
This was a dry movie, Jack Nicholson while a great actor played quite a grumpy nothing to look forward to old man, similar to his part in As Good As It Gets.
Realiazed I had seen it before and I don't watch movies a second time normally but it was a joy. Don't care for Jack as person but what an Actor. Soooo believable. Great acting for him and Nancy Bates a big fav of mine. Well done the olds. Would more than recommend.
A really great story about old age and dissappointment. Jack Nicholson is absolutely moving in his role. Alexander Payne is clearly one of the best writers and directors in today's film industry. About Schmidt just rocks!
If you are in the relevant age group this movie is really worth it. If you relate to someone in this age group it may be helpful. Jack "makes" the movie. (What happens to Ndugu?)
It was okay, funny but I would have like to see a bit more at the end as I did not like the ending at all!
Probably one of Jack Nicholson's best performances and a clever assessment of the issues that suddenly confront people when newly retired; asking the eternal question "what's life all about?"
a fantstic movie, Jack Nicholson p laying the part of an elderly gentleman who comes to the crossparth of his life on retiring, all of a sudden having to axcept that life is changing dramaticly and there is nothing he can do to change it, ,
There is enough matter in this story for quite a good one-hour film. Unfortunately it lasts two hours.
Great movie. Yes it is long, but that helps portray some of the tone and atmosphere of this story. If you've ever thought about how your current path in life is not exactly how you imagined it would be you will relate to this film in someway. I also enjoyed how everthing in this film can add weight to Schmidt's predicament, form the constantly cold and dreary landscape to the everyday interactions of new family, his daughter's husband's family.
And yes, as everyone has mentioned Jack Nicholson is fantastic in this role.
Jack Nicholson is up to his very best in this black comedy. A moving portrayal of Warren Schmidt.
i thought this movie was absolute rubbish - read the member reviews and took it on members ratings - bad move - jack nicholson what were you thinking.
With Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates I had expected a whole lot more from this film. Bates and Nicholson are great but Nicholsons Schmidt takes a lot to get to like.
Do we really need to see, yet again, the aged office executive going through the tedious hoops of becoming retired. In this movie it all took so long and was so depressing that what came later hardly lifted the gloom.
Good performances by Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates. Great movie for people about to retire or who have recently retired.
A little slow but not too bad
Excellent movie about growing old and looking back at a life we have lost in living it. Like life it can be sad but punctuated with funny bits. Great performances by all. More a movie for those passing into middle age and knowing it.
Found this irritating and boring. GROAN!
This is a movie about a man reveiwing his life after his wife dies suddenly, Jack Nicholson plays the part as only he can,the result is a satisfying feel good movie.
A very moving funny movie that has some very 'real-life' situations and circumstances. Jack Nicholson plays this character very well, and I recommend it.
This is truly not to be missed by anyone, young or old, male or female. It's Jack Nicholson perfecto!
A fab story and great music to boot.
Not bad- but.
It ia a typical movie regarding a retired person with a chip on his shoulder.
Sorry, not my type of movie or person.
a bit slow moving to start with but i really enjoyed it.
Just great - Jack Nicholson in one of his best performances yet.
Brilliant & unforgettable!
Jack, as I have never seen him, plays the part of Schmidt to a tee. great storyline.
Absorbing human interest movie with stellar acting from Jack Nicholson, who appears in almost every scene.
I started thinking this was Schindler's List and was agreeably surprised what a good movie it was in representating a very realistic drama of a husband/father who did not realise until after his wife died what an unfeeling, autocratic person he had become. His exposure then to friends and daughter then finally brought him to his senses.
A story of a sad & lonely man, whose understanding of life changes with an unexpected event. Beautiful story, with a little touch of humour as only Jack Nicholson portrays.
Not action packed - more of a chick flick.
If I could rate this lower than one star I would, even though it stars my favourite actor. Jack, Jack, Jack why did you do this? Nothing funny in it. Nothing clever in it. Nothing interesting in it. Nicholson suceeds in portraying the tedium and boredom that filled his character's life. But who wants that? Kathy Bates flashes her naked body at us, burning in a mental image that takes weeks to fade. If you feel the need to be hurled into a depression that's hard to shake, this is the movie for you.
As a retired person it gave me some hometruths I will have to face about getting older. Liked his idea of having a RV and tripping around the country.
Playing the role of a lonely, introverted loser, so out of character for Nicholson, is a tour de force for the actor. The final scene really touches the heart.