|Jack Nicholson Plays Schmidt|
|Of Course, Kathy Bates Steals Whatever Scenes She Appears In...|
This film explores some pretty powerful themes of life---especially of later life and what is important.
At the end of the story, Schmidt (Nicholson) muses to himself:
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.
I know we're all pretty small in the big scheme of things, and I suppose the most you can hope for is to make some kind of difference, but what kind of difference have I made? What in the world is better because of me?
Now, before you go to thinkin' that this movie is a downer, let me say that it is not. But I did find it, upon a second viewing 10 years later, to be very thought-provoking.
And, the more I thought about it, the more I once again started to see the answers to Schmidt's questions. The answers lie in God and our true purpose here on earth.
I was reminded of Solomon as he wrote Ecclesiastes. King Solomon had it all---wealth and power and adulation beyond measure. But, in the end, Solomon realized that none of it mattered---only living for God and glorifying Him was important.