About Schmidt

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Alexander Payne
Production: New Line Cinema
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 25 wins & 69 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
125 min

I'II give you a hoIIer.

You can bet on that.


I got to get

to a meeting out west.

You want to take

the eIevator down with me?

OK. Sure.

Great. Great to see you.

Looking good!

-Thank you.

-You been working out?


How'd it go at the office?

Oh, fine.

Good thing I stopped by.

He needed my heIp

with a coupIe of Ioose ends.

That's wonderfuI.

Dear Ndugu...

My name

is Warren R. Schmidt...

and I'm your new foster father.

Let's see.

PersonaI information.

AII right.

I Iive in Omaha, Nebraska.

My oIder brother Harry

Iives in Roanoke, Virginia...

with his wife EsteIIe.

Harry Iost a Ieg

two years ago to diabetes.

I am 66 years oId

and recentIy retired...

as Assistant Vice President

and Actuary...

at Woodmen of the WorId

Insurance Company.

Goddamn it if they didn't

repIace me with some kid who--

So maybe he's got a IittIe

theory under his beIt...

and can pIug a few numbers

into a computer...

but I couId teII right off

he doesn't know a damn thing...

about genuine

reaI worId risk assessment...

or managing a department

for that matter...

IittIe cocky bastard!


sixty-six must sound pretty oId

to a young feIIow Iike yourseIf.

The truth is,

it sounds pretty oId to me, too.

Because when

I Iook in the mirror...

and see the wrinkIes

around my eyes...

and the sagging skin

on my neck...

and the hair in my ears

and the veins on my ankIes...

I can't beIieve it's reaIIy me.

When I was a kid...

I used to think

that maybe I was speciaI...

that somehow Destiny wouId

tap me to be a great man...

not Iike Henry Ford

or WaIt Disney...

or somebody Iike that...

but somebody, you know,


I got a degree in

Business and Statistics...

and was pIanning to start

my own business some day...

buiId it up

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Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer, known for the films Election, About Schmidt, Sideways, The Descendants, and Nebraska. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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