Thursday, June 7, 2012

"About Schmidt", and Subsequent Observations...

Jack Nicholson Plays Schmidt
I had the chance today to once again view the Jack Nicholson movie from 2002, "About Schmidt".  Funny, you know, how one can see a movie a second time years after seeing it the first time and come away with different observations and feelings from the original viewing.

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.

And this:

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.


  1. I remember I saw that movie but I don't remember it - those were great questions he asked. I think what you said is dead on. Our purpose is to glorify God.

    Missed you lately.
    Great post.

  2. I never saw this movie, but I know the situation, seeing things different after years, too.

    Have a beautiful day and a lot of greetings to you and Cindy

  3. I didn't see the movie, but enjoyed your post.

    Have a great day.

  4. Mornin' Clint, yes I agree, that is a good movie to watch again and again. Isn't it amazing the stuff we can glean when we do just that. Our age changes our perspective and so on. Great post, my friend...........enjoy your day!

  5. Another great post! I am glad I sat down and watched this movie with you again. It is amazing how time changes our perspective as Carol mentioned above. Life truly is about our relationship with God and glorifying him. The Bible explains it perfectly and it makes perfect sense.

    You know how often we get into trouble with our heavenly expectations of earthly humans.

  6. Hello Clint
    I have been away from blogland for many weeks, but I am happy to be visiting blogs again, a few blogs at a time.

    This post is indeed a thought provoking one. I have never seen the movie, but it did sound interesting.

    You are so right in what you wrote, Clint. Only one life to live, it will soon be past, but what matters most is that we lived for His glory and to advance His kingdom!

    Blessings to you, and thank you for always sharing from the depths of your heart.


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  8. It's a vanity vanity vanity! ALL Vanity! I have not seen the movie but the thoughts provoked within you due to the movie I agree with ....Our life w/out Christ is but vanity and a vapor here today gone tomorrow ...I want to leave a path that leads other's to the path of following the steps before me that Christ laid out clearly for me....Have a good week Clint!

  9. The movie was depressing, in that Schmidt really had so little hope. It was kind of 'hang on until death' piece.

    it had it's moments, I agree. But those without hope are just sad!

  10. Hi, I saw this film years ago... I remember me that was very sad in a way but I like it so much that still now i can remember how much I was thinking about live after seeing that film for days long...

    thank you for bring it again in my head

    have a nice day Clint