Warren Schmidt (jack Nicholson), an embittered man who has just retired after 32 years as an insurance company actuary. When his wife dies suddenly, Warren packs up the Winnebago on a journey to Denver, Colorado, for his daughter's wedding to a waterbed salesman whom Warren despises. Every move Warren makes seems wrong, and he appears destined to end his life as he lived it: a failure. But along the way, Warren recounts his journey to and shares his observations with an unexpected friend -- a poor Tanzanian orphan whom Warren is sponsoring for 73 cents a day.
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