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"The Weather Man" is a refreshing film that is emotionally mature and drastically different from the crap Hollywood usually throws at us, but it doesn't develop as much as it could have, which pretty much defeats its purpose.
Nicholas Cage plays Dave Spritz, a Chicago weather man who shines in front of the camera but is unable to function in everyday life. His ex-wife doesn't share his desire for reconciliation, his relationship with his kids is shaky at best, and the father he's never been able to please (Michael Caine) has just been diagnosed with a terminal illness. There are moments of humor in this film, but most of it is very depressing. Both of Dave's children are having problems: his daughter is overweight and unhappy and his son is trying to kick a drug habit while falling victim to sexual advances from his counselor. The only thing Dave has going for him is his career: he's up for a national gig doing the weather on Bryant Gumbel's morning news show. However, being a weather man isn't very fulfilling for Dave, and he realizes that his life is as unpredictable and uncontrollable as the wind, which is a very depressing thought.
The movie has its moments, and both Cage and Caine deliver excellent performances. However, the story doesn't really go anywhere. It's pretty much a downpour of life's crap from the beginning to the end, with no major character resolutions to speak of.
The best thing about the movie is that my cousin Amanda was an extra in it...look for her during the ice skating scene!