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About Schmidt

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Heartfelt Nicholson, not for kids at all.

Movie R 2002 125 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+


Some swearing and mild profane humor. 13+. Great drama with a plot.
age 12+
Jack Nicholson is always amazing, can't wait to see this movie!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: December 13, 2002
  • On DVD or streaming: June 3, 2003
  • Cast: Hope Davis , Jack Nicholson , Kathy Bates
  • Director: Alexander Payne
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: New Line
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 125 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: some language and brief nudity.
  • Last updated: March 31, 2022

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