About Schmidt (2002)

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A man upon retirement embarks on a journey to his estranged daughter’s wedding only to discover more about himself and life than he ever expected. (IMDb)

Appreciably and appropriately slow-paced; the film patiently and thoughtfully plods along in the spirit of its similarly unhurried and melancholic lead, played with admirable tactfulness by Nicholson. The plot is refreshingly uncontrived, the drama down-to-earth, and the humour dry. It’s an enjoyable character study with compelling themes of aging, grief, and finding meaning, set within an endearing letter-writing voiceover framework that comes to the forefront in its touching final minutes.

7.4/10

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