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The Weather Man (Widescreen Edition) (2005)

Nicolas Cage , Hope Davis , Gore Verbinski  |  R |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Hope Davis, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Caine, Gemmenne de la Peña
  • Directors: Gore Verbinski
  • Writers: Steve Conrad
  • Producers: David Alper, Jason Blumenthal, Norman Golightly, Steve Conrad, Steve Tisch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,805 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Weather Man (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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  • Extended Outlook: The Script
  • Forecast: Becoming a Weatherman
  • Atmospheric Pressure: The Style and Pallette
  • Relative Humidity: The Characters
  • Trade Winds: The Collaboration
  • Theatrical trailer

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Popular Chicago weatherman Dave Spritz (Nicolas Cage) has a shot at the big time when a national morning television show calls him for an audition. Professionally, Dave is on top of the world, but his personal life is in complete disarray. The harder he tries to hold on, the more he loses his grip. His painful divorce, his Pulitzer Prize-winning dad's (Michael Caine) illness, and trouble with his kids have Dave poised on the knife's edge between stability and calamity. Trying to gain control of his situation, Dave slowly comes to realize that life, much like the weather, is completely unpredictable.

Nobody does comic existential angst like Nicolas Cage, who gets a good workout in The Weather Man, an underrated slice of quiet desperation. Cage plays David Spritz, a Chicago TV meteorologist who knows only too well the constant uncertainty of predicting the weather. Despite a possible offer from a network morning show, David's life is a mess: he's estranged from his kids and irritated wife (Hope Davis), he's perpetually at odds with his remote father (Michael Caine), and lately people on the street have had the disconcerting habit of throwing food at him. Director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) has perhaps too heavy a touch for this kind of comic melancholy, but screenwriter Steven Conrad has an interesting, almost Mamet-like ear for "written" dialogue--Cage has a few voiceover monologues, including an uproarious sequence involving tartar sauce and a walk to the store, that are hugely funny. It's possible that we've seen Cage in this kind of character one too many times, but he's still good at it, and his doleful face and pasted-on smile fit the mood of the picture. Unlike the heroes of most Hollywood movies, David Spritz doesn't always--or often--do the right thing, but Cage makes you want to see the poor sap make it. --Robert Horton

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it, but that's just my opinion October 30, 2005
This was another tricky review for "The Rotten Review". "Weather Man" isn't a comedy or a tragedy, yet it dips deeply into each. I enjoyed it, but it's a flick that will likely divide even intelligent moviegoers who want a respite from "Doom" on one side and "North Country" on the other.

Nicholas Cage is Dave Spritz, "The Weatherman". Though apparently successful giving the weather for Chicago viewers, his life is a wreck. Everybody seems to hate him - the kindest seem to have no respect for him. Though making over $300 grand a year for a job with few time demands, Spritz leads a painful existence. His virtually ex-wife (Hope Davis) hates him, and is planning to start a new life with a puffy jerk named Russ who seems about as attentive to her needs as Spritz himself; his daughter is blankly detached and overweight - all of Spritz's attempts to bond with her end in disaster. Spritz's son, Mike, is in rehab for some vaguely unspecified blow-out - but his counselor has some creepily predatory ideas about the boy. Then there's Spritz's father - played by Michael Caine, Robert Spritzel is a prize-winning author with whom Spritz has never bonded. Spritz had hopes of being a novelist as well, but could barely craft a workable story, let alone escape his father's shadow. The old man could never pass on his talent, and now he's dying of lymphoma. Spritz has only his job to ennoble and enable him - but even that just exposes him to a larger audience of abuse, with Spritz repeatedly targeted by people with unwanted fast-food. (During the course of the flick, Cage is pelted by total strangers with burritos, coffee, milkshakes and, at one point, falafel.) People hate him, or love to think nasty things of him.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Art is a funny thing. Some art gains universal praise and mainstream acceptance because of its mass appeal. Then you have the sort of art that demands a certain audience in order to be appreciated. The Weahterman is a little like those paintings of the big triangles in that its simply not a movie that is likely to gain a wide following, even among movie fans. It's quirky, odd, very detached, and full of dry humor. The monotonous delivery of this movie will impress some people as being bland and lacking depth; it is not. This is a thoughtfully introspective, character-driven, highly symbolic film. Cage is excellent. The off-beat nature will turn many off, but for those who can appreciate the eccentricity of this movie, the reward will be an entertaining, interesting experience that will only grow on you. You must watch it with an open-mind, you must watch it when in a comtemplative mood, and you must watch it through to the end. There's lots to get from this movie, but the treasure hidden within is going to requier a treasure-hunter of certain character. Frankly, most people wont have the patience, nor the will to extract it. Others will miss the point entirely.
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37 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicolas Cage is the Weather Man February 10, 2006
This a film that I didn't expect to make me feel anything.When I saw the trailer I thought this was a clear comedy.It's not.Its 80% drama and the rest comedy.

Here we follow David Spritz (Nicolas Cage) and trying reconfigure his life.He try's not to lose control of his life and reconnect with his wife Noreen (Hope Davis) and try to connect and bond with his children and impress his father.Its a touching story of man whose flawed as we are all and that makes mistakes but means well.Its story that really feels real to how sometimes relationships between people go and are.Also the ending of the film ends with a real ending instead of classic Hollywood happy ending.Not that the ending is sad but its realistic.

The film directed by Gore Verbinski.The film shows how diverse and quite talented he is as a directed.He has directed a horror film The Ring,a semi comedy The Mexican,an adventure Pirates Of The Caribbean and now The Weather Man.This film felt more like The Ring.Now you will be asking yourself what in common did this have to The Ring.Well ill tell you its not on the topic of the film.Its not horror element.But the look of the film.Both films are dark and grainy with rainy and cloudy days that create a great atmosphere for the characters.Also the second in common is that turns back to little bit more small budget films then the big extravaganza of Pirates Of The Caribbean.All his films have been successful and loved by critics and audiences so his career for now looks its like going to be on the up and up with Pirates Of The Caribbean 2 coming up for him.

Also the second good part about this film is Nicolas Cage.When you need a great actor to play a weird character with flaws to add depth to it Nicolas is always the right choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I was glad to finally see a movie that's simply about people and their predicaments.
The feeling was mildly reminiscent of The Squid and the Whale in that it deals with a struggling (though for different reasons) father and the problems caused from his detachment with his partly dysfunctional family.

A few small side notes for bad reviewers:
-A free-flowing plot is a plot. A structured (forced) plot is seldom believable and too easy to conceive.
-Just because it's depressing and not sugar-coated doesn't make it bad.
-If you can't handle movies that remind you of your problems, stick to Disney films.
But, be careful to stay away from Bambi.

Take a screenplay writing class, a film critiquing course, and then share your works with your class valedictorian and watch them pick you apart! Cheers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Classic
This unique film came out in October 2005 and promptly sunk out of sight. Critics didn't get it and few people went to see it, in part because it was never properly advertised. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nick
4.0 out of 5 stars bad disc. response was
bad disc. response was great
Published 3 months ago by haphil3
2.0 out of 5 stars Well acted
Some lines that we didn't find entertaining. I don't consider myself a prude but I'd just as soon be presented with a good story with out the disgusting stuff.
Published 7 months ago by John R Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nicolas Cage favorite!
Arrived promptly and in good condition. If you're a Nicolas Cage fan, don't miss this one. Great supporting cast to boot.
Published 9 months ago by Mickey Ashworth
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I love Nicholas Cage as an actor and he does good work in all of his movies, this movie was humorous as well!
Published 9 months ago by Anu
5.0 out of 5 stars Inattentive (Adult) A.D.D.: Now you know!
Verbinski gave us look inside the mind of a man trying to function w/Inattentive A.D.D. The internal dialog horrified me by holding up a mirror into my own thought process (or... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gerimactric
3.0 out of 5 stars A Slow Buildup
Though it felt like misery without a point or a purpose during the first hour, this character eventually manages to begin turning his life around in a way that doesn't seem... Read more
Published 12 months ago by mr. contrarian
4.0 out of 5 stars A good movie
I watched this movie on TV and liked it so ordered the DVD which I have not looked at yet.
Published 12 months ago by SJL
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark humor
Lots and lots of dark humor, but I love this movie and find it to be hilarious. Nicolas Cage seems to do two types of movies- 1. Read more
Published 12 months ago by You
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