“Relatively soon, I will die. Maybe in 20 years, maybe tomorrow, it doesn’t matter. Once I am dead and everyone who knew me dies too, it will be as though I never existed. What difference has my life made to anyone. None that I can think of. None at all. ” – Warren Schmidt
Number of Times Seen – 2 (Theater in 2002 and 26 Jan 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A recent retiree and his wife decide to buy a winebego and travel across the country, but life gets in the way of that happening.
My Take on it – I have recently become more and more of a fan of Alexander Payne’s movies.
He knows how to create interesting characters and place them in every day situations where they need to find their way in life after they incur some kind of life change.
The choice of Jack Nicholson to play a non-flashy role is an ingenious one because even he is able to shine in this role. Even Jack can successfully play an old man.
Life is short and can change in a second and we all must take the bull by the horns and find a way to move forward while still enjoying life.
Bottom Line – Alexander Payne amazes me more and more with his writing and directing skills the more I see of his films. Nicholson is great playing a lower key character. Love the message about life being short so make the most of it which is a constant theme in all Payne movies I’ve seen. Highly recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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