Weather Man

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Released 2005

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Director:
Gore Verbinski
Released:
2005
Rating:
R
Weather Man (also known as 'The Weather Man') is a 2005 film starring Nicholas Cage, Hope Davis and Nicholas Hoult. It also features Michael Caine. Weather Man was directed by Gore Verbinski and written by Steve Conrad. The film follows the fortunes of downbeat Chicago weather man David Spritz (Nicholas Cage) and his quest to transform his apparently meaningless existence into something worthwhile. Recently divorced, confused by the prospect of being a father to his adolescent children, and constantly heckled by the public on the street, David constantly announces ever-grander plans to make things better. All of this happens under the watchful eye of David's successful Pulitzer prize-winning father, Robert (Michael Caine). However, will David ever realise his father's success, or even his own happiness? The film is a shockingly honest and sometimes brutal portrayal of the futility engendered by the broken American Dream. This is not the mainstream romp that it first appears, but instead a serious and touchingly human depiction of one man's search for affirmation.moreless

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    A surprisingly wry, contemplative movie.

  • 60

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    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.

  • 50

    Variety Justin Chang

    Aiming for an Alexander Payne-style synthesis of wry comedy and unflinching character study, pic has been made with the utmost sincerity, but the frankly lugubrious material and ba...

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Comedy, Drama

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Satire, Dramedy, Family Comedies