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  • Summary: Nicholas Cage stars as popular Chicago TV weatherman David Spritz who has a shot at the big time when "Hello America," a national morning show calls him for an audition. At the top of the world professionally, David is approaching disaster on a personal level as rapidly as the weather changes. His painful divorce, his dad's illness, and trouble with his kids have David poised on the knife's edge between stability and calamity. Trying to gain control of his situation, David slowly comes to realize that life, much like the weather, is completely unpredictable. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. 88
    This film has moments of uncommon observation and touching insight.
  2. The movie gives actors many chances to shine, and they do. But I went away most impressed with Verbinski.
  3. 75
    This is the sort of small, intimate movie that, if it had been made on a low budget by independent actors, would be celebrated to the skies.
  4. Screenwriter Steve Conrad has less success with the female characters: The always dependable Davis is forced into shrewish territory, and David's mother (Judith McConnell) is so barely present that it's a wonder she's written in at all.
  5. Neither the screenplay nor the direction has the requisite depth to turn the banality of one unremarkable life into the stuff of Chekhov, much less of Mr. Payne.
  6. Nicolas Cage does such a persuasive job of portraying Chicago TV weatherman Dave Spritz as a train wreck of a guy that you wonder whether this might actually be a training film for a psychoanalytic convention on hopeless cases.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Meet American Beastly, perhaps the most bitter studio film of the year.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 5 out of 36
  1. ShSch
    Nov 6, 2005
    Very well done. Not a true comedy, but a true black comedy. I think the movie reflects how people really think and act. Nixolas Cage is brilliant as is the directing and the cinematography. Highly recommended. Expand
  2. JimH.
    Apr 25, 2006
    The people who slated this just live up to the stereotype of Americans having a very basic sense of humour. This just went over their heads. Its a great understated film. You don't need obvious humour and big special effects for a film to be good! Expand
  3. Sep 15, 2014
    The Weather Man is an offbeat comedy with amusing acting and many life lessons that are in the story.
  4. HC
    Dec 24, 2005
    This was a very interesting movie. I was expecting some formulaic, yet funny movie about a hated weather man, but instead I got a deep character study that broke a lot of Hollywood's formulas. The photography was great, and so was Cage's acting. Usually the f-word is overused poorly in movies, but the use of it in this movie made it more believable. The constant advertising for every fast food restaurant didn't bother me as much as others because of a certain line in the movie. It really stuck with me on the ride home; there were many great quotes that were seriously laugh out loud funny. Go see this movie. Expand
  5. HollyC.
    Apr 22, 2006
    I was very impressed with this movie. I went in pretty ho-hum about even watching it but I'm glad I did. The characters, acting and cinematography were great (Chicago looks fantastic). Michael Caine, the daughter and Nick Cage were probably the best characters (both written and acted). But the raw-life story unfolding is the centerpiece. The main character's journey figuring out who he is, seems kind of like a common theme in movies (identity crisis) but this story was still pretty unique and quite raw. Props to the writer-- and I highly recommend this movie. Expand
  6. SueS.
    Oct 28, 2005
    Nobody but Nicholas Cage could pull off making such a neurotic, selfish, unsympathetic character such as Dave Spritz embarrassingly likable. He is perfect in the part. Michael Caine is amazingly understated as the elusive father whose true feelings for his family finally come to the surface. The scenes between the two stars were worth the price of admission. My reactions to this film went from being appalled to tittering to flinching to smiling and finally to tears of compassion.. It wasn't perfect but the direction and acting made for an interesting and thought-provoking character study despite its dark nature. Expand
  7. JamesB.
    Nov 2, 2005
    Similar in nature to "Punch-Drunk Love" with Adam Sandler, except that PDL was a good movie. Depressing, tedious, dark, plotless, and a waste of time...The only bright points were Michael Caine and a few chuckles. Expand

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