‘About Schmidt’ (Roberta Talks About Randall)

About Schmidt monologues

‘About Schmidt’ by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor

From: Movie

Type: Dramedy

Character: Roberta Hertzel, a large grand woman

Gender: Female

Age Range: 40's | 50's | 60's

Summary: Warren Schmidt has arrived at several of life's crossroads all at the same time. To begin with, he is retiring from a lifetime of service as an actuary for Woodmen of the World Insurance Company, and he feels utterly adrift. Furthermore, his only daughter Jeannie is about to marry a boob. And his wife Helen dies suddenly after 42 years of marriage.

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ROBERTA: Larry is like a little boy. Ever since our divorce, he thinks the only way he can get my attention is to cause a fuss. I understand it. I do. I feel sorry for him. I just… My first husband was the same way.

It lasted nineteen months. He turned into a real horse’s ass.

But I’m sure things will be different for Jeannie and Randall. Now Randall — he really knows how to treat a woman. Honestly, don’t you think Randall is something special?

You know, when I had my hysterectomy, that boy did not leave my side for one minute. Not one minute. People used to raise their eyebrows because I nursed him until he was almost five, but I think the results speak for themselves. I raised a very sensitive, devoted boy who has turned into a sensitive, devoted man. And he’s also quite easy on the eye, if I do say so myself. Don’t you agree?

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