January 23, 2003

About Schmidt

Wonderful cast. It was amazing how changing Jack Nicholson's trademark widow's peak hairstyle into a horizontal comb-over totally dilutes the "Jack" Persona! The moment that has stuck with me over the years comes right at the beginning- Schmidt retires from his insurance job after many years, and is celebrated at his retirement party, but as he is leaving the office and headed towards his car, he spots his carefully packed legal file boxes all piled up at the curb to be recycled. Whenever a longtime employee leaves a job, yes, it's important to leave plenty of notes for those that are succeeding you, and your legacy is important, but there comes a moment when you're not needed anymore and the next generation moves on as if you never existed. In some cases that happens sooner that you might want. (Showcase Cinemas Randolph)