About Schmidt is a 2002 American comedy-drama film co-written and directed by Alexander Payne and starring Jack Nicholson in the title role. The film also stars Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, and Kathy Bates. It is loosely based on the 1996 novel of the same title by Louis Begley.
Jan 03, 2003 · Drama A recently retired man embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter's wedding, only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected. Director Alexander Payne Writers Louis Begley (novel "About Schmidt") Alexander Payne (screenplay) Jim Taylor (screenplay) Stars Jack Nicholson Hope Davis Dermot Mulroney
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Schmidt feels a last ditch face to face confrontation will do the trick with his daughter demanding she jettison her plans to marry. Well I could go on about what transpires but I feel I have been somewhat of a spoiler so far and refrain for going on. In summary About Schmidt is one of the most entertaining, engrossing, films I have seen.
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The absorbing final section of Begley's "About Schmidt" is marred by some pedestrian plotting earlier on in the novel. Schmidt's wife has passed on during the process of retiring from law practice so much of the novel seems to involve him sleeping with women, including a 20-year-old Carrie, and planning his retirement finances.
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Jan 01, 2001 · Set in the Hamptons and Manhattan, infused with black humor and startling eroticism, About Schmidt is both a meditation on lonelinessand on the power of romance to unlock the most impenetrable recesses of the heart. Show more Genres FictionNovelsLiteratureRomanContemporaryAudiobookNew York ...more 275 pages, Paperback
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