12 Facts About About Schmidt


About Schmidt is a 2002 American comedy-drama film co-written and directed by Alexander Payne and starring Jack Nicholson in the title role.

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Warren About Schmidt is retiring from his position as an actuary with Woodmen of the World, a life insurance company in Omaha, Nebraska.

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About Schmidt soon receives an information package with a photo of his foster child, a small Tanzanian boy named Ndugu Umbo, to whom he relates his life in a series of candid, rambling letters.

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About Schmidt asks her to move back to take care of him, but she refuses.

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About Schmidt feels his daughter could do better than Randall, a waterbed salesman.

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About Schmidt stops showering, sleeps in front of the television, and goes shopping with a coat over pajamas to load up on frozen foods.

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When he discovers some hidden love letters disclosing her long-ago affair with Ray, a mutual friend, About Schmidt collects all her possessions, dumping them unceremoniously next to a clothing donations bin.

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About Schmidt's makes it clear she does not want him there until right before the ceremony, so Schmidt visits places from his past, including his college campus and fraternity at University of Kansas and his hometown in Holdrege, Nebraska.

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About Schmidt is appalled by his eccentric, odd, lower-middle-class family and can't dissuade Jeannie from the marriage.

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The next day, About Schmidt, exhausted from a restless night, attends the wedding and delivers a kind speech at the reception, hiding his disapproval.

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Payne's script to About Schmidt was initially an original screenplay written years before Begley's novel was published.

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About Schmidt drew praise from a number of critics, who singled out the performances of Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates.

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