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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: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. ClaytonB.
    Oct 28, 2005
  2. ArielG.
    Feb 22, 2006
    Excellent movie. A great black comedy and character study. Occasionally depressing but it pays off in the end. Nicholas Cage is wonderful in his role. It reminded me a lot of Alexander Payne's 'About Schmidt', so if you liked the tone of that movie, this one is more than highly recommended. Added to my list of the best movies I've seen in a long while. Expand
  3. Apr 6, 2014
    The Weather Man is more than entertainment. It is reflections of the life of a weather as his life crumbles around him. His life starts off low then gets lower but through endless struggles of trying to impress his Pulitzer prize winning father and to mend his broken relationship. His career however looks like it might save him as tries desperately to become a national weather man. Overall very uplifting and it might have changed the way I view the world. Do not watch for light entertainment. This movie may answer the question of the meaning of life. Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Nov 14, 2005
    "The Weather Man" is the most surprising change of pace from a filmmaker we had long since pigeonholed since The Weitz Brothers went literary and adapted Nick Hornsby's "About a Boy". This surprisingly acerbic film is a little suggestive of what Todd Solondz would do if he went mainstream. Director Gore Verbinski should be commended for not casting out the naughty words as a means of securing that PG-13 rating. "The Weather Man" makes better use of the "f"-word than any studio film in recent memory. What should be mentioned foremost about this very caustic movie is that it's a savage indictment against our culture. David(Nicolas Cage) describes his job as being akin to fast food, and yet it's he, and not the father, who is arguably the success in the family, because nobody recognizes Robert Spritz(Michael Caine), the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Caine is absolutely brilliant as a writer who's not stereotypically a brusque, egomaniacal monster to his loved ones. He's the first person to recognize that Shelly(Gemmenne de la Pena) isn't happy. The artist is almost never the most humane person in a film. In a wonderful scene, David takes Shelly shopping and improves her life by dressing the girl in clothes that's not self-defeating, and this is all stems from Robert taking an interest in his granddaughter's life. This is Michael Caine's best performance. As for Nicholas Cage, we might finally have him back from his post-"Leaving Las Vegas" period. Expand
  5. PaulF.
    Nov 11, 2005
    This movie was exactly what I expected it to be, Good but not great. What's sad is that with just a bit of tweeting it could have been great. The flaws among other things were the not so subtle advertising of certain fast food companies. I hate it when movies advertise for companies. We pay for entertainment not advertisements. Another flaw is the movie seemed to draw on towards the end and did not succintly make a profound point. There were functional points to be made such as being present and accepting yourself for who you are but these points don't seem that profound to me any more, just plain common sense. On the up side the movie was well acted. honorable mention to Michael Caine. The movie seemed to have a realism about it which was not ment to be a downer but more so to show something and learn from it. There were truly some funny moments that most males can relate to. In short it well worth seeing, but do not expect perfection. Expand
  6. ChrisM.
    Mar 27, 2006
    Consistently funny and intelligent while at the same tiime weird. However, it's a comedy that actually contains comedic elements within the narrative. This aspect of the film overshadows and dilutes the existence of the film's imperfections. 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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