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Jack Nicholson is tremendous in his role as the insurance excutive transitioning into retirement. At precisley, five o'clock he leaves his office for the final time, his daughter, their only child, plans her wedding day without him marrying a person he objects to, his wife of 42 years, passes suddenly leaving him alone. He looks, as many would do, into the meaning of his life. What he finds is worth the "downer" side of where his life is going. The movie is truly about finding honesty in one's self and truth in the world. As always, Jack Nicholson is excellent as the character of Schmidt.