Alexander Payne has always made films about family. Sure, they're usually dysfunctional, but they are families nonetheless. About Schmidt, his 2002 film starring Jack Nicholson in one of the best roles of his later career.
Nicholson plays a small character for a change who goes through a ton of changes in a short period of time. Payne has a wonderful way with turning movie stars into actors and he seemed to bring Nicholson down to earth on this picture.
Beautiful cinematography, accomplished direction and a truly great cast make this one of Payne's best.