|Jack Nicholson as Warren Schmidt in Alexander Payne's About Schmidt|
We meet insurance vice president Schmidt just as he is retiring to an empty existence with his wife, who annoys him fiercely, in Omaha, Nebraska. But then she dies, and what is Schmidt to do then?
The taboo-ridden, unsexy material of About Schmidt is handled with usual sensibility and a keen eye for the grotesque and the really, really funny by Alexander Payne, one of the best contemporary, American filmmakers, and by Jack Nicholson, who gives one of the finest performances of his legendary career, - and certainly none of his 5 roles since have come close. Schmidt stands out as a real, rounded character, who is portrayed with delicate humanity and real spirit by grand master Jack. From Schmidt's hysterically funny letters to the African sponsor boy, Ndugu, to the almost unbearable family collisions, Nicholson commands his part with unequalled brilliance. How he could 'only' be Oscar-nominated for the part is beyond me.
Other great performances in the movie come from Hope Davis, Kathy Bates and Dermot Mulroney, who has never looked worse, but in a very funny part.
Payne has until now made two masterpieces in his Sideways (2004) and The Descendants (2011), and I can't wait to see and review his newest, Nebraska.
About Schmidt is a very moving and funny film for anyone mildly interested in anything in life.
Jack Nicholson: Hells Angels on Wheels (1967) or, The Troglodyte Outlaws!
I LOVE this movie! You better watch it!
Budget: 30 mil. $
Box office: 105.8 mil. $
= Big hit
Who of Jack's roles, besides Warren Schmidt, do you remember clearest?