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Overall Rating

Awesome: 13.79%
Worth A Look34.48%
Average: 32.76%
Pretty Bad: 6.9%
Total Crap: 12.07%

6 reviews, 22 user ratings

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Weather Man, The
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by William Goss

"They Call Him Mellow Fellow"
3 stars

Woe is David Spritz (Nicolas Cage). A Chicago weather man, his job is quite lucrative for two hours of ďzero effort and contribution.Ē His ex-wife (Hope Davis) and kids want little to do with him despite his best attempts. His father, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author (Michael Caine), has just been diagnosed with lymphoma. Oh, and strangers have a habit of chucking fast food at him. Short of a dark cloud following him around everywhere, Dave is quite disenchanted with his life.

To cope, Dave adjusts his mopey attitude to tackle his problems as a series of missions. Spend more time with my son. Become more involved with my daughter. Impress my father. Encourage my ex to take another stab at their marriage. As feasible as they appear to be, Dave continues to be pelted with obstacles in his efforts just as often as heís pelted with burgers, burritos, and beverages on the street.

However, just in case you didnít figure that out, donít worry. After 100 or so minutes of Cageís dry narration on how life is as unpredictable as the weather, you just might get a grasp on his cold snap. Or maybe you wonít. Like the wind, The Weather Man is all over the place, and the hodge-podge parable that results doesnít really encourage sympathy, or promote any other response for that matter. He tries to hang out with his daughter, taking up archery after she quits it. He tries to please his father, who is constantly criticizing his daughterís weight among other things. He tries to rekindle the flame between him and his ex, whom is far from eager and already seeing another man (Michael Rispoli). He tries to keep tabs on his son, who is just completing a rehab program after being busted with pot. He tries and he tries, but never wins.

And neither does this movie. This is a film that milks every metaphor it can every chance it gets. The unpredictability of weather? Check. The constant assaults with food? Check. The careful focus of archery? Check. Daveís attempt at a novel, entitled "Breaking Point"? You betcha. Director Gore Verbinski and writer Steve Conrad leave no parallel untapped in their quest to illustrate Daveís drab existence for yet another reel. Viewers donít really feel happy or sad for any character for any reason. Character arcs are practically non-existent, and by the end of the film, little has actually occurred. Every now and then, an amusing scene takes place (a tangent on camel toes comes to mind), but itís feels out of place with the bare story being told.

Cageís wry nature is fitting for the film, but not necessarily winning. Hope Davis is as good as can be expected in her somewhat restrained role, but every time Michael Caine appears, he is either lecturing or regurgitating crude remarks that other characters exchange. Nicholas Hoult (About A Boy) does rather well, though his American accent could use some work. The single standout performance comes from Gil Bellows' unnerving work as a creepy rehab counselor, who, in a subplot, becomes involved with Daveís son. Still, the movie gives off an awkward vibe overall. The aimless plot, the eccentric score, the stale direction all add up to minimalist musings on middle-age misery.

Not to rain on the pity parade, but 'The Weather Man' sits in neutral, not really giving that much to connect with by leaving its characters and their lives hopelessly overcast. As with Daveís archery, everything about the aim of this movie is just a little off.

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User Comments

12/09/12 Joe Smaltz turned it off, bored, needed something stimulating 2 stars
1/09/08 Servo Cought me off guard, hughly recommended. 4 stars
8/24/07 Steve Newman Turned this off 60 minutes in - what a pile of crap. Slow, unfunny and boring 1 stars
7/06/07 Total Crap It's just so boring... 2 stars
6/10/06 Dan Quirky, funny movie. I enjoyed it (and I especially enjoyed the beer girl!) 4 stars
5/20/06 Christine Wilbik A very depressing movie and not up to Nicolas cage usual movies. 2 stars
4/23/06 Jim Interesting character study 4 stars
4/15/06 Indrid Cold Unusual and fairly interesting, but unfocused and ultimately, unsatisfying. 3 stars
4/04/06 Valerie Kind of strange, but still good. 4 stars
3/13/06 Monday Morning I'd like to throw Slurpees at everyone who was involved w/ this pc. of shite 2 stars
3/08/06 Tanya very good it seemed like a real family 4 stars
12/15/05 jerriprice Unbelievably bad 1 stars
11/15/05 Jeff Anderson A big letdown for Cage & Caine. Very depressing & it quickly goes nowhere. A REAL SHAME!! 1 stars
11/14/05 rob henie fantastic! 5 stars
11/09/05 jeff strange humour, cage's acting awsome as usual. 4 stars
11/06/05 Agent Sands A very engaging slice of life that shares my sense of humor & has a great tearworthy scen 5 stars
11/01/05 jcjs fne 4 stars
11/01/05 Beth Whittier Nicholas Cage is one of my favorite actors, but bad movie 1 stars
10/30/05 john john stone 1 stars
10/30/05 Elaine Hochbeg Once again, Chicago serves as a fine backdrop. Cage presents a stellar performance. 4 stars
10/27/05 tom dolfin bad movie. no redeeming social value. sucks 1 stars
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  28-Oct-2005 (R)
  DVD: 21-Feb-2006



Directed by
  Gore Verbinski

Written by
  Steven Conrad

  Nicolas Cage
  Michael Caine
  Hope Davis
  Michael Rispoli
  Gil Bellows
  Nicholas Hoult

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