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

into a big corporation...

Watch it go pubIic,

you know...

maybe make the Fortune 500.

I was gonna be one of those guys

you read about.

But somehow...

it just didn't work out

that way.

Remember, I had

a top-notch job at Woodmen...

and a famiIy to support.

I couIdn't exactIy

put their security at risk.

HeIen--that's my wife--

she wouIdn't have aIIowed it.

But what about my famiIy,

you might ask.

What about my wife and daughter?

Don't they give me aII

the pride and satisfaction...

I couId ever want?

HeIen and I

have been married 42 years.

LateIy, every night...

I find myseIf

asking the same question--

Who is this oId woman

who Iives in my house?

Why is it that every thing

she does irritates me?

Like the way she gets the keys

out of her purse...

Iong before we reach the car...

and how she throws money away

on her ridicuIous coIIections.

And tossing out

perfectIy good food...

just because

the expiration date has passed.

And her obsession...

her obsession

with trying new restaurants.

Seafood buffet.

Let's go there Sunday.

And the way she cuts me off

when I try to speak.

And she seats the peopIe

who came in behind us.

-The thing that happened--

-I wouIdn't mind it--

I hate the way she sits

and the way she smeIIs.

For years now...

she has insisted that I sit

when I urinate.

My promise to Iift the seat

and wipe the rim...

and put the seat back down

wasn't good enough for her.


But then there's Jeannie.

She's our onIy.

I'II bet she'd Iike you.

She gets a big kick

out of different Ianguages...

and cuItures and so forth.

She used to get by

pretty good in German.

She'II aIways be my IittIe girI.

She Iives out in Denver...

so we don't get

to see her much anymore.

We stay in touch by phone

every coupIe of weeks...

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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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