2002: About Schmidt. * Auteur factor: 6/10. Alexander Payne, pre-Sideways, was well-liked but not yet in the American firmament. * Festival factor: 6/10. Played at Cannes. * Hype: 7/10. While Mr. Payne wasn’t yet the force he is today (or was in 2005–it’s been a long time since Sideways!), his Election followup was highly anticipated and was tipped to win a few Oscars (which it did not do). * Total: 19/30 NYFF points.

2002: About Schmidt.      * Auteur factor: 6/10. Alexander Payne, pre-Sideways, was well-liked but not yet in the American firmament.     * Festival factor: 6/10. Played at Cannes.     * Hype: 7/10. While Mr. Payne wasn't yet the force he is today (or was in 2005--it's been a long time since Sideways!), his Election followup was highly anticipated and was tipped to win a few Oscars (which it did not do).     * Total: 19/30 NYFF points.

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