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12 Facts About About Schmidt
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 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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