Snow Day (film)

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Snow Day
Snow day poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byChris Koch
Produced by
Written by
Music bySteve Bartek
CinematographyRobbie Greenberg
Edited byDavid Finfer
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
January 29, 2000 (2000-01-29) (premiere)
February 11, 2000 (2000-02-11) (wide release)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$13 million
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.


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.


This is the first of two films to star both Josh Peck and Zena Grey, the other being Max Keeble's Big Move, released the following year.


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.

It was originally set to be based on the television series The Adventures of Pete & Pete, but the idea was scrapped and it was rewritten as a stand-alone story.


Box office[edit]

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.[1]

Critical response[edit]

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."[2] Metacritic gives it a score of 34 out of 100, based on reviews from 22 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."[3]

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.[4] Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman wrote "Even Snow Day's winter wonderland looks fake," and gave the film a grade F.[5]


Year Award Category Recipients Result
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


The film's soundtrack peaked at number 183 on the Billboard 200 chart.[6]

Snow Day: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedFebruary 8, 2000 (2000-02-08)
LabelGeffen Records
ProducerVarious artists
Singles from Snow Day: Music from the Motion Picture
  1. "Another Dumb Blonde"
    Released: January 18, 2000 (2000-01-18)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[7]
No.TitleWriter(s)Performed byLength
1."Another Dumb Blonde"Antonina Armato, Tim JamesHoku3:49
2."My Heart's Saying Now"Paul Barry, Mark TaylorJordan Knight3:50
3."The Reason Why"Arnthor Birgisson, Patrick TuckerLFO3:46
4."Still"Dave Deviller, Sean Hosein, Justin Jeffre, Drew Lachey, Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons98 Degrees4:00
5."Picture of You"Andrew Watkins, Paul Wilson, Eliot Kennedy, Ronan KeatingBoyzone3:25
6."Lifetime Affair"Danny O'Donoghue, Terry Daly, Wanya Morris, Mark SheehanMytown4:35
7."There She Goes"Lee MaversSixpence None the Richer2:41
8."Come On Come On"Greg Camp, Steve HarwellSmash Mouth2:32
9."Say You Love Me (Radio Edit)"Sherree Ford-Payne, Rhett Lawrence, BeBe WinansDina Carroll3:13
10."Wasting My Life"Ariel RechtshaidThe Hippos2:39
11."Noise Brigade"Dicky Barrett, Dennis Brockenborough, Joe GittlemanThe Mighty Mighty Bosstones2:14
12."Waiting for a Girl Like You"Lou Gramm, Mick JonesForeigner4:32
Total length:41:16

The following songs were included in the film but not featured on the soundtrack:


  1. ^ "Snow Day (2000)". Box Office Mojo.
  2. ^ "Snow Day (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "Snow Day Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 11, 2012.
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  5. ^,1683,1132,snowday.html
  6. ^ "Snow Day - Original Soundtrack". AllMusic. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  7. ^ Phares, Heather. "Snow Day - Original Soundtrack". AllMusic. Retrieved December 23, 2015.

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