Snow Day (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Chris Koch|
|Music by||Steve Bartek|
|Edited by||David Finfer|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|January 29, 2000 (premiere)|
February 11, 2000 (wide release)
|Box office||$62.5 million|
Snow Day is a 2000 American comedy film, directed by Chris Koch and produced by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. It premiered on January 29, 2000, and was theatrically released on February 11, 2000. The film was met with generally negative reviews, but was a box office success, and also Hoku's "Another Dumb Blonde" became her biggest chart smash of her career. It was released on home video on October 3, 2000, and re-released on September 26, 2017.
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The film focuses on a group of elementary school students in Syracuse, New York, led by Natalie Brandston (Zena Grey), who get a snow day, and try to keep their school snowed in and closed for a second day by stopping a snowplow driver (Chris Elliott) from plowing the streets. Meanwhile, Natalie's older brother, Hal (Mark Webber), tries to win the heart of popular high school girl Claire Bonner (Emmanuelle Chriqui), with the help of his best friend, Lane Leonard (Schuyler Fisk), who secretly harbors feelings for him. Also, their father, Tom (Chevy Chase), is a television meteorologist who must face off against a rival, Chad Symmonz (John Schneider), in order to continue his career. Their workaholic mother, Laura (Jean Smart), is stuck at home with their mischievous brother, Randy.
Eventually, Natalie and her friends, Wayne (Josh Peck) and Chet (Jade Yorker), take over the plow and "unplow" the streets (move all the snow back in the way). After endless love demonstrations (and being rescued by Natalie), Hal finds out he, in fact, loves Lane. He is even encouraged by Claire to go after her. Tom unmasks Chad on live TV, showing the viewers that he is fake, and winning back his status. Chad is arrested and Laura takes the day off from work to look after Randy.
When Principal Weaver gets home, the kids hit him with a lot of snowballs.
- Mark Webber as Hal Brandston
- Schuyler Fisk as Lane Leonard
- Zena Grey as Natalie Brandston
- Chris Elliott as Roger "Snowplowman" Stubblefield
- Jean Smart as Laura Brandston
- Chevy Chase as Tom Brandston
- Emmanuelle Chriqui as Claire Bonner
- Iggy Pop as Mr. Zellweger
- Pam Grier as Tina
- John Schneider as Chad Symmonz
- Josh Peck as Wayne Alworth
- Jade Yorker as Chet Felker
- Damian Young as Principal Ken Weaver
- Connor Matheus as Randy Brandston
- J. Adam Brown as Bill Korn
- David Paetkau as Chuck Wheeler
- Kea Wong as Paula
- Carly Pope as Fawn
- Tim Paleniuk as Mailman
- Rozonda Thomas as Mona
- Katharine Isabelle as Marla
- Matthew Broderick as Narrator (Uncredited)
Snow Day was filmed in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, as well as Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta. Much of the outdoor snow scenes were filmed at the Bonnie Doon Park in Edmonton, which had recently had a do-over and offered a natural setting in an urban location.
The film opened at number three at the North American box office, making $14.3 million USD in its first weekend, behind The Beach and Scream 3, the latter of which was on its second week at the top spot. Snow Day was a box office success, earning $60,020,107 in its domestic run, and $62,464,731 worldwide.
The film received mostly negative reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives it an approval rating of 29%, based on 66 reviews, with an average score of 4.26/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Weak assembly of characters and story lines made this movie forgettable and silly." Metacritic gives it a score of 34 out of 100, based on reviews from 22 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called it "An uninspired assembly of characters and story lines that interrupt one another." Aside from the film itself Ebert also complained "What a thoughtless place is Hollywood, and what talent it must feel free to waste" noting that Pam Grier had been relegated to another lousy role after her wonderful performance in Jackie Brown. Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman wrote "Even Snow Day's winter wonderland looks fake," and gave the film a grade F.
|2000||YoungStar Awards||Best Young Actor/Performance in a Motion Picture Comedy||Mark Webber||Nominated|
|2001||Young Artist Awards||Best Family Feature Film - Comedy||Nominated|
|Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or Under||Connor Matheus||Nominated|
|Blockbuster Entertainment Awards||Favorite Song from a Movie (Internet Only)||Another Dumb Blonde performed by Hoku||Nominated|
|Snow Day: Music from the Motion Picture|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||February 8, 2000|
|Singles from Snow Day: Music from the Motion Picture|
|1.||"Another Dumb Blonde"||Antonina Armato, Tim James||Hoku||3:49|
|2.||"My Heart's Saying Now"||Paul Barry, Mark Taylor||Jordan Knight||3:50|
|3.||"The Reason Why"||Arnthor Birgisson, Patrick Tucker||LFO||3:46|
|4.||"Still"||Dave Deviller, Sean Hosein, Justin Jeffre, Drew Lachey, Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons||98 Degrees||4:00|
|5.||"Picture of You"||Andrew Watkins, Paul Wilson, Eliot Kennedy, Ronan Keating||Boyzone||3:25|
|6.||"Lifetime Affair"||Danny O'Donoghue, Terry Daly, Wanya Morris, Mark Sheehan||Mytown||4:35|
|7.||"There She Goes"||Lee Mavers||Sixpence None the Richer||2:41|
|8.||"Come On Come On"||Greg Camp, Steve Harwell||Smash Mouth||2:32|
|9.||"Say You Love Me (Radio Edit)"||Sherree Ford-Payne, Rhett Lawrence, BeBe Winans||Dina Carroll||3:13|
|10.||"Wasting My Life"||Ariel Rechtshaid||The Hippos||2:39|
|11.||"Noise Brigade"||Dicky Barrett, Dennis Brockenborough, Joe Gittleman||The Mighty Mighty Bosstones||2:14|
|12.||"Waiting for a Girl Like You"||Lou Gramm, Mick Jones||Foreigner||4:32|
The following songs were included in the film but not featured on the soundtrack:
- Al Martino – "Love Letters", "Fascination" and "To Each His Own"
- Irving Berlin – "Heat Wave"
- Smash Mouth – "Satellite"
- Ernest Gold – "The Big W"
- Simon Chardiet – "Drag Blob"
- The Wiseguys – "Ooh La La"
- Schuyler Fisk – "It's Not Her"
- The Brian Setzer Orchestra – "Switchblade 327"
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