A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
A sad death of a spouse.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nudity and explicit sexual references.
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Very strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking, smoking, and drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the movie includes very strong language and sexual references and situations, including adultery. Characters drink and smoke. There are tense and sad family scenes that may upset some viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Nicholson is mesmerizing in ABOUT SCHMIDT. His character is funny, irritating, pitiable, and utterly heartbreaking. Kathy Bates, as Randall's mother, is magnificent in a performance that is full-bodied (in both senses of the word). The details of middle American ceremonies -- the retirement party, the funeral, the wedding -- are all just right, sharply observed but affectionate.
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