Loved it. Just absolutely loved it. One of Jack Nicholson's best performances in his later years. The human touch and Ikiru influences in this film were beautiful. It was funny, sad and just all around movingl. The ending was so emotional it made me tear up. I have to say that after having seen most of Mr. Payne's films, I must say this is by far my favorite.
Flaws here and there but in the end, very emotionally touching. Just like what Woody Allen said, life is divided up into the miserable and the horrible. This is the miserable. This could be us, now or in the future.
The grooms mother feeding him soup and describing whats really important in a marriage, oh boy, i nearly wet myself. Whats not to like about this film. Its totally honest and genuine in its portrayal of our journey into the last part of our lives, filled with doubt, regrets and a need to feel it was worth something. My family and I sponsor a child in Africa ourselves - its about time we wrote to them i think.
About Schmidt holds the honour of containing the most profoundly moving humanist ending of any film I've yet to see. It is a film that asks its audience to become better people, to consider the notion that they can make a positive difference in the life of a total stranger. The fact that it does this without being at all patronising is just one of the film's many strengths.
The acting and production value was good, but the story line just didn't do it for me. Just a strange plot that ended up feeling like a 2-hour commercial for sponsoring a child. Contrary to some of the other reviewers, I feel like this movie is VERY overrated. I was expecting greatness, and in the end I was just a little puzzled and let down. Maybe go into it with lower expectations...?