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The Weather Man


A Chicago weather man (Cage), separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    58%
  • Audience Score
    56%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Bleak comedy-drama for adults only.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film includes scenes showing a counselor's attempted seduction of his teenaged charge (the older man takes photos of the boy and asks him to take off his shirt). Characters use strong language (frequent use of "f--k," slang for male and female genitals), drink and smoke cigarettes (a 12-year-old girl smokes with her classmate). Flashbacks show the protagonist in sexual situations with women who are not his wife (including brief nudity). When a young girl is called a "Camel toe," the film includes an insert shots to illustrate the reference (as well as a real camel's foot, to pound home the point). The film is focused on family tensions, so many scenes show arguments and resentments. The grandfather is dying, so the film includes several scenes in the hospital. A character points an arrow at his wife's new boyfriend. Several men fight with one another, drawing blood.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the divorced father's misguided efforts to reunite with his family. How does Dave's own father's illness prompt him to reconcile with his wife and children? What might he do to pay more attention to what they need from him? How might Shelly's parents help her to deal more effectively with the kids' taunting at school?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    58%
    reviews counted: 26
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  • Audience

    56%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A look at the commonest fear nipping at the heart of Middle America. Not the war in Iraq, nor terrorism, but the breakdown of the family unit and how - and if - people can cope with it.

- Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rotten: If you've never heard of a "living funeral," this film is an icy introduction.

- Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten:

- Dave White, Movies.com, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Dave Spritz: Always fast food. Fast food. Things that people would rather throw out than finish. It's easy, it tastes all right, but it doesn't really provide you any nourishment. I'm fast food. Nic Cage is great as the sad sack, loser weather man, and that's really what the movie is about, and it's nice to see him try to better himself, and I care when he does. This is a fun dark comedy, with plenty of moments that ring true to life. The dialog between the characters, especially the swearing is all authentic and something that feels real for the moment. This movie shares a lot with American Beauty, although not as deep or concurrent with the same themes, it has the same attitude. As mentioned, Cage plays Dave Spirtz, a Chicago weatherman who is divorced with two kids and has a father he believes doesn't care too much for him. With a chance to get a good promotion, Dave wants to try harder at succeeding at life. This leads to a series of events involving archery, having fast food thrown at him, and cold weather. Cage is very good here. Its always neat to see his character performances in between his seemingly endless bigger Hollywood movies, and dammit if I don't like his ever changing hair styles. Michael Caine also does a great job as Cage's upfront father. Robert Spritzel: What happened to you? Dave Spritz: I got hit with a Frosty. Robert Spritzel: Why did you get hit with a Frosty? Robert Spritzel: What is a Frosty? Dave Spritz: It's a shake. From Wendy's. Robert Spritzel: Why did you get hit with a shake? Directed by Gore Verbinski, who I guess decided to take a break in between Pirate movies and do something more character based, he constructed the film with a neat sense of style, seemingly disguised as an indie flick, complete with a quirky and neat soundtrack. This is an entertaining movie, that has a quirky sense of humor, made in the style of an independent film, despite the studio quality production and works very well due to Cage's strangely human character. Dave Spritz: I mean, I'll bet no one ever threw a pie at, like Harriet Tubman, the founder of the Underground railroad. I'll bet you a million fucking dollars.

- DrZeek, Monday, July 7, 2008

2 stars

I watched it, and at the end really didn't care to ever think about it again.

- puffchunk, Tuesday, October 23, 2007

3 stars

It's not that The Weather Man does anything wrong, per se, but I really had trouble caring about it either way. After watching it with my friend, who liked it much more than I, I tried to formulate why I wasn't particularly interested in the movie but failed. It's well-written and put together smartly, but I really couldn't have cared what happened with the plot or the characters.

- ceWEBrity, Monday, August 13, 2007