My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

About Schmidt


(out of 5)

A newly retired vice-president of an Omaha insurance company () looks forward to his new life of lazy days and leisure. Unfortunately, his estranged wife is taken suddenly from him and he is left to face life alone with a giant RV and his daughter’s impending wedding to a goofball. On the road to her nuptials, Nicholson stops at different landmarks of his lifetime in an effort to reflect on his past sixty-odd years and see if his youthful aspirations to make a difference in the world ever really amounted to anything. Alexander Payne’s excellent direction brings out the best of the grizzly charm we love to see so much from Jack, and then gives us a whole side of touching emotion to go with it.   has a hilarious supporting role as his new son-in-law’s mother,  plays his daughter and  her fiance. Films that explore the mind-numbing terrain of America’s heartland are a dime a dozen, but Payne manages to get in a few original ideas before his gorgeously touching ending.

New Line Cinema

USA, 2002

Directed by

Screenplay by Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, based on the novel by Louis Begley

Cinematography by James Glennon

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 2002

Cannes Film Festival 2002

Golden Globe Awards 2002

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