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Comment on About Schmidt: Schmidt's Final Letters

Release: 2002-12-13
About Schmidt
Schmidt's Final Letters (Part 1 of 2) Scene
Clip Description
The final scene of widowed and retired 66 year-old actuary Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) in Omaha, Nebraska, writing his last (in voice-over) despairing letter to his recently-adopted 6 year-old Childreach foster child Ndugu Umbo in Tanzania: ("But what kind of difference have I made? What in the world is better because of me?...What difference has my life made to anyone? None that I can think of. None at all"), followed by his receipt of a letter, upon returning home from his only daughter, Jeannine's, (Hope Davis) wedding in Denver, from the African orphanage's Mother Superior, which included the child's drawing of himself holding hands with Warren - resulting in Warren's uncontrollable weeping of tears of joy and vindication.
Movie Description
Warren Schmidt is a retired insurance salesman, who at age 66, has no particular plans other than to drive around in the motor home his wife insisted they buy. He's not altogether bitter, but not happy either, as everything his wife does annoys him, and he disapproves of the man his daughter is about to marry. When his wife suddenly dies, he sets out to postpone the imminent marriage of his daughter to a man he doesn't like, while coping with discoveries about his late wife and himself in the process.
Alexander Payne