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4.0 out of 5 stars Bleak but very watchable existential on the road movie...., 18 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: About Schmidt [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
Looking for laughs and some light entertainment with your Saturday night popcorn?, then 'About Schmidt' would be a film best avoided.Billed as a black comedy,it's really a quietly effective but rather moving life affirming ensemble piece,using the road movie idea as a platform for investigating life after the tide has gone out.It's the story of an ordinary man who in the face of the void manages to come with a few answers of his own.There are moments of amusement (normally of the toe curling kind)but to focus on the comedy would be to sell this lovely film short.Schmidt played with uncharacteristic subtlety by Jack Nicholson, is about a recent retiree and widower who has to face the fact that his old life no longer works. Feeling his career was essentially meaningless and that his loving wife must have been disappointed in their marriage, he gradually moves from being a well ordered family man and citizen to a disillusioned and dysfunctional slob.From this bleak starting point we slowly move through the gears as Schmidt realizes that his redemption will only come through acceptance, forgiveness and finding new ways to do the 'right' thing.

Everything about this film is low key- no showy acting, no big triumphant ending and certainly no nice easy answers to the 'big' questions,even so it still manages in it's own little way to be profound and memorable.Recommended.
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