The Weather Man

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The Weather Man
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Promotional poster
Directed by Gore Verbinski
Produced by Todd Black
Jason Blumenthal
Steve Tisch
Written by Steven Conrad
Starring Nicolas Cage
Michael Caine
Hope Davis
Michael Rispoli
Narrated by Nicolas Cage
Music by Hans Zimmer
Cinematography Phedon Papamichael Jr.
Edited by Craig Wood
Production
  company
Escape Artists
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s)
  • October 20, 2005 (2005-10-20) (Chicago)
  • October 28, 2005 (2005-10-28) (United States)
Running time 102 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $22 million[1]
Box office $19,039,770[1]

The Weather Man is a 2005 American comedy-drama film, directed by Gore Verbinski. Written by Steve Conrad, it stars Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine and Hope Davis, and tells the story of a weatherman in the midst of a mid-life crisis.

Released on October 28, 2005, the film had a total gross of just over $19 million worldwide. It received mixed reviews from critics.

Plot[edit]

A successful weatherman at a Chicago news program, David Spritz (Nicolas Cage) is well paid but garners little respect from people in the area who throw fast food at him, David suspects, because they're resentful of how easy his high-paying job is. Dave also feels overshadowed by his father, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Spritzel (Michael Caine), who is disappointed in Dave's apparent inability to grow up and deal with his two children. The situation worsens when Robert is diagnosed with lymphoma and given only a few months to live. As he becomes more and more depressed, Dave takes up archery, finding the activity a way to build his focus and calm his nerves.

To prove himself to his father and possibly reconcile with Noreen (Hope Davis), his estranged wife, Dave pursues a weatherman position with a national talk show called Hello America. The job would nearly quadruple his salary, but means relocating to New York City. When Hello America invites him to New York, he takes his daughter with him and bonds with her by helping her shop for a more suitable wardrobe. While away, Dave learns that his son (Nicholas Hoult) attacked his counselor, claiming that the man wanted to perform oral sex on him. Despite this stress and an all-night drinking binge, Dave impresses the Hello America interviewers and is eventually offered the job.

When he returns, Dave slaps Russ (Michael Rispoli), Noreen's boyfriend, when he finds him dealing with his son's predicament. Dave later confronts the counselor at his home, beating him up and warning him that he is in store for worse.

The family holds a living funeral for Robert, in which Dave asks Noreen to reconcile and move to New York, but she has decided to marry Russ. Dave and Robert have one final talk, in which Dave breaks down in tears, unsure of his life's choices. Robert consoles him, telling him that he has time to "chuck" the garbage of his life. Robert dies soon after.

The film ends several months later, after Dave has accepted the job and moved to New York. People have ceased throwing things at him though, he muses, this may be a pleasant side-effect of his archery hobby, for which he carries a bow.

Cast[edit]

The film also includes cameos from news presenters, such as Bryant Gumbel, Ed McMahon, Cristina Ferrare, and Wolfgang Puck.

Reception[edit]

The Weather Man received mixed reviews, gaining an overall score of 58% on Rotten Tomatoes, with the site's consensus stating "With fine performances and a dark, dry sense of humor, The Weather Man is mostly cloudy with occasional rays of sunshine."[2] It also has a 61% rating on Metacritic.[3]

The film was released in North America on October 28, 2005 and ran for nearly eight weeks (precisely 54 days). It grossed $12,482,775 domestically and $6,556,995 at the foreign box office, a total of $19,039,770.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Weather Man (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Amazon.com. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  2. ^ "The Weather Man (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixter. Retrieved August 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ "The Weather Man (2005)". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 7, 2009. 

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