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Melik's commentary on About Schmidt (2002)

Review Copyright Melik, 2003


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The movie is About Schmidt. Here's the deal. If you have ever checked the obituary looking at the ages of the people that died then this one is for you. If you are a male and do not actually write out the checks for the bills of the house, if you do not cook or clean and you are married then this one is for you. If you are a female and you are married and your husband expects dinner on the table when he gets home from work then this one is for you. If you have ever had any one that you was extremely close to you die then this one is for you. Now if you do not fit any of that but you might find yourself in any of these situations one day then yes, this one is for you too.

Warren Schmidt who is played by Jack Nicholson has just retired from his job as an actuary at a large insurance company. His adjustment to being a retiree is difficult. It becomes an almost surrealistic feat when his wife suddenly. Now Schmidt has to face his own worst enemy, his self. He quickly realizes that he has been out of touch and refuses to see this. Though he has others best interest in mind most of the time is help, words of advice and assistance is not at all appreciated. Schmidt begins to learn about himself as he relates what is going on in his life to Ndugu Umbo, a six-year-old Tanzanian orphan whom he sponsors for $22 a month through an organization that advertises on TV. Through his long narratives that he writes to his new friend he begins to see within himself, perhaps for the first time in his life.

Warren tries to make the best of the situation that is at hand, yet with each forward step that he tries to make it seems he steps right into a pile of dung. This man has it so bad that it seems that trouble proceeds him and is waiting for him every step of the way. This is a traveling story, a story across land and through one's soul. As Schmidt realizes that there is a whole wide world out there he begins to realize more about his own self worth and place in the world. The transformation is magnificently portrayed within the piece.

If you appreciated the subtle nuances of One Hour Photo (2002) and the grandiose self realizations of Lester Burnham in American Beauty (1999) then you will surely appreciate the significance of Warren Schmidt's journey through space and time. Who knows, you might see a little bit of yourself up there on the big screen too.


That's my word for what's on the screen. I'm Melik. You can catch me each Wednesday night on Time Slot in Little LA, MI viewing area and AT&T Comcast channel 16 at 6:30 PM.



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