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About Schmidt | 2002 | R | - 6.3.5

Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) reaches retirement and is supposed to start a new life traveling in a Winnebago with his wife. But the problem is that Schmidt can't quite figure out what he's supposed to do now, and hence who he really is. He ends up spending a lot of time watching television, and gets himself a foster son to whom he writes letters detailing his frustrations. Desperate to get away from the strain of trying to re-adjust, Schmidt takes a road trip to visit his daughter and help her plan her wedding -- but she does not welcome him with open arms. Also with Hope Davis, Dermot Mulroney, Kathy Bates and Howard Hesseman. [2:04]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A woman drops her robe revealing her bare breasts and bare buttocks as she enters a hot tub where a man soaks; the woman reaches under the water to touch the man while making suggestive remarks, he recoils and gets out of the hot tub. A man takes off his swim trunks and we see his bare buttocks. A man and a woman kiss and he touches her breast. A man kisses a woman and she pulls away, yelling at him. We see a drawing of two nude women including their bare breasts and pubic regions. A woman talks to a man about his daughter's sex life, detailing orgasms. An elderly man and elderly woman sleep in bed together. A man is shown bare-chested, an elderly man is bare-chested in a bathtub and again in a hot tub. We see a baby girl nude in a bathtub. A woman talks about having breast-fed her son until he was five years old.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man finds a woman dead on the floor and we hear that she suffered from a blood clot in her brain. A man confronts another man and hits him several times, and a woman slaps a man. A woman uses a cleaver to cut a chicken into pieces. A woman yells at and speaks to a man abusively in several scenes, a man yells at his daughter, and a woman yells at her fiancé. We see close-ups of hair in a man's ear, veins in a man's ankle, sagging skin on a man's neck, and a woman's armpit. A man urinates in a toilet (we hear the trickle), around the toilet and on the floor. A man sits on a toilet with his pants around his ankles. Flies buzz around stale food and garbage. A bug is splattered on a car windshield (we see the bloody goo). We see a huge hunk of meat being carved.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 4 F-words, 2 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 3 mild obscenities, 6 religious profanities, 9 religious exclamations, 1 derogatory term for a woman.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People drink alcohol. A man takes a drug to calm his nerves and ends up in a stupor.)


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Retirement, aging, anger, infidelity, superficiality, grief, death of a spouse and parent, loneliness, divorce, Rush Limbaugh, Native American history, Buffalo Bill, pioneers, pyramid schemes, investments.

MESSAGE - Our wealth is determined by the number of lasting friendships we make through life. Life is short and we need to make the best of the time we have.

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