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About Schmidt

Saturday, Jan 6, 2024 at 3:15 pm

Location: Bartos Screening Room

Dir. Alexander Payne. 2002, 125 mins. 35mm. With Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney. About Schmidt is a poignant and incisive character study of an ordinary Midwestern businessman on a journey of self-discovery. Nicholson gives one of his most purely touching performances as a weary retired actuary mired in purposelessness. After his wife’s death, he suddenly finds himself driven to do something when his daughter announces her engagement to a loser car salesman he feels just “isn’t up to snuff.” Embarking on a road trip to his future son-in-law’s house with the hope of stopping the wedding, Schmidt instead confronts his own shortcomings and failures. Bates shines in an Oscar-nominated supporting role as his crass yet good-hearted bohemian maybe in-law. About Schmidt beautifully portrays American waywardness, classism, and the desire to do something good in a world that feels like it’s spinning out of your control. 

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.