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About Schmidt Monologue

About Schmidt by Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
Character: Warren Schmidt
Gender: Male
Age (range): 18 - 55
Style: Comedy/Drama
Length: 3 minutes

 

Warren Schmidt: Uh, I didn't get much sleep last night so...forgive me if I'm a little...foggy. But you know...today is a special day. We're here to mark a crossroads in the lives of two people. A crossroads where they...come together...and now walk along a new road. It's not the same road that they were on before. It's a new road. A road...that...um... ...As many of you know, I lost my wife recently. And Jeannie lost her mother. Helen and I were married 42 years. She died very suddenly. I know we all wish she could be with us today and I think, I think it would be appropriate to acknowledge just how pleased she was that Jeannie had found someone to share her life with. A companion. A partner. I recall the day when Jeannie first told us she had been proposed to. We hadn't yet met this Randall fellow so we were understandably a little suspicious. Later, she brought him home for Christmas so we could get a look at him. I remember, uh, there was a big snowstorm and Randall here helped me shovel off the front walk. He pitched right in. But that brings me to what I really want to say. What I want to say...what I really want to say is...uh...... ...thank you, to you, Randall, for taking such good care of my daughter, especially recently with our loss. Ever since I arrived here a couple days ago, I have so enjoyed getting to know Jeannie's new family. Roberta, thank you for your generosity, for opening your home. Your talent in the kitchen is... Larry, your wonderful eloquence. Saundra, your skill with handicrafts is truly remarkable. That item that you showed me was so very artistic. Duncan, I, I haven't gotten to know you very well, but I could tell from our brief conversations that you are a very thoughtful young man. stares blankly into space) Everybody else...terrific people. Terrific. And in conclusion, I just want to say on this special day, this very special day...that I am very...pleased.