Let It Snow (film)
|Let It Snow (also known as Snow Days)|
Let It Snow (Peters and Marcus)
|Directed by||Adam Marcus|
|Written by||Kipp Marcus|
|Edited by||Joe Klotz|
|Release date(s)||June 8, 2001|
|Running time||90 min|
Let It Snow is a 2001 romantic comedy movie. The story involves a young man who finds love during "snow days" time off from high school, but spends years finding his true self. He is haunted by the family "curse"—as told to him by his grandmother—that the men in the family are doomed.
Brothers Adam and Kipp Marcus comprise the writing, producing and directing team behind this independent film, and Kipp also appears as the male lead. Kipp asked movie studios for their short-ends (unused film) at a cheap price to have enough film to shoot in 35mm. Kipp had wanted Bernadette Peters for the role of his mother, Elise, but when her agent said that she was too busy, he sent her the entire script via fax. After meeting with Kipp she accepted the part. Part of the movie was filmed at the Marcus' mother's house in Westport, Connecticut.
James Ellis (Kipp Marcus) meets and falls in love with Sarah (Alice Dylan) during time off for snow days while in high school. James, however, has commitment issues, and Sarah eventually winds up engaged to Peter (Peter Giles). His grandmother (Judith Malina) had warned him about the family curse, that the "men always leave and the women go crazy", which causes James to be reluctant to commit. Over the next few years, James searches for his true self, ending up at "The CIA" – the Culinary Institute of America.
His eccentric mother Elise (Bernadette Peters), still upset that her husband left her and James, is on an endless search for her inner self and has commitment issues of her own. She spends her time with a series of lovers who don't speak English, in the "International House of Boyfriends".
Ultimately James overcomes the family curse and wins Sarah.
- Kipp Marcus – James Ellis
- Alice Dylan – Sarah Milson
- Bernadette Peters – Elise Ellis
- Judith Malina – Grammy
- Larry Pine – Wendell Milson
- Henry Simmons – Mitch Jennings
- Miriam Shor – Beth
The Variety reviewer (Lael Loewenstein) wrote: "Smarter and more appealing than many other recent romantic comedies." (November 5, 1999) Elvis Mitchell in The New York Times wrote: "The film's naïveté makes up for its rampant predictability."
At the AFI Fest, 1999, Let It Snow won awards for Best New Writing (Kipp Marcus) and Best Editing (Joe Klotz). At the Deauville Film Festival, it received a nomination for Grand Special Prize, 2000. The film was an "Official Selection" at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.