In this dark comedy-drama, 65-year-old insurance executive Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) begins to ponder the meaninglessness of his life. When his wife of 42 years unexpectedly dies, Warren is undone. Determined to make a difference in someone’s life, he sponsors a six-year-old African orphan by sending him $22 each month. Warren writes the boy long, detailed letters about his innermost thoughts. He takes a road trip to visit his cold, indifferent daughter Jeannie (Hope Davis) and is devastated by her intention to marry Randall (Dermot Mulroney), a boring waterbed salesman. His anxiety escalates when he meets her raunchy, future mother-in-law Roberta (Kathy Bates).
Roberta shocks Warren with her steady stream of obscenities and profanities, her talk of an energetic sex drive and her seductive ways. The film offers inspiration to make a difference in someone’s life, but it drags and earns a negative rating because of its profanity, obscenities and nudity.