Saturday, March 2, 2013

About Schmidt (2002)

Director: Alexander Payne

Starring: Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, June Squibb, Howard Hessman, Harry Groener, Connie Ray, Len Cariou

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Schmidt Happens

Plot: Warren Schmidt has led a safe, predictable life working in the insurance industry in Omaha, Nebr. for many years, yet now faces retirement. At the same time he is forced to take a hard look at his wife, his life and his relationship with his estranged daughter. An often hilarious series of events follow as Schmidt embarks on an unpredictable RV journey to attend his daughter's wedding in Denver.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

Jack Nicholson plays a great lovable asshole.  I really liked this picture. It's funny but in a dark, sad way.  The movie is leisurely paced and Schmidt's interactions with all kinds of people he meets on his journey is some damn funny stuff which culminates with his meeting the mother of his daughter's soon-to-be husband played hilariously by Kathy Bates.  The infamous hot tub scene is worth the price of admission.  Kathy Bates gets full on naked and it's wonderful but not in any kind of sexual way.  That she bared all, albeit briefly, for the camera puts her at the top of the "Actors with huge balls" list.  That just makes her even more awesome than she already was.  Fun flick.

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