What's the deal,
This review is from: About Schmidt (DVD)
Nickolson is great here as a frumpy old man (very non-Nicholson) and this is a great acting job. But I found the character too dull and empty to be realistic. This guy has no interests and no relationships and is totally unengaged with life. I literally cannot imagine and have never known anyone who was 60+ who was this dull and this unengaged with living. The premise of a recently retired person whose spouce suddenly dies leaving them adrift is a worthwhile one. But when you portray the person as an unsympathetic, self-pitying, non-entity you lose the pathos that could have been the basis for a good movie.
I think only Hollywood or elitists could possibly convince themselves that the average middle-American is this dang dull. Get real folks. The reason you never met anyone this uninvolved in life is not because you live on one of the coasts, it is because they simply do not exist. This movie is depressing. As Roger Ebert said 'he isn't on a journey of self-discovery because there is no one to discover'. But Ebert liked it anyway and I didn't. I give it 3 stars for the superb acting but would not recommend wasting your time with this one.