The Weather Man

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With fine performances and a dark, dry sense of humor, The Weather Man is mostly cloudy with occasional rays of sunshine.



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A man struggles to get a grip on a life that's spinning out of control in this emotional comedy drama. Dave Spritz (Nicolas Cage) is a television weatherman on a high-profile Chicago news program. Professionally, Dave is doing just fine -- he makes great money for a job that demands little effort, and he has a shot at an assignment with a network morning news and chat show. But Dave's personal life leaves a lot to be desired -- his father, respected author Robert Spritzel (Michael Caine), is in failing health, he's divorced from his wife, Noreen (Hope Davis), and his relationship with his children is tenuous at best, especially his overweight daughter, Shelly (Gemmenne de la Pena). If Dave is to land his new job, he'll have to move to New York City, and with his time in Chicago running short, he dedicates himself to trying to salvage his ties with his family before it's too late, though he discovers this is even harder than he imagines.


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Critic Reviews for The Weather Man

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (80) | Rotten (56)

  • In the face of a character no one cares about, can audiences be faulted for asking: Why should we?

    Nov 3, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
  • The most supremely odd American film of the year.

    Nov 1, 2005
  • [Verbinski] and Steven Conrad hold their ground, sticking to their conviction that Dave's story should play as a belated-coming-of-age movie.

    Nov 1, 2005

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • It's a strange film.

    Oct 31, 2005
  • A meticulously developed character piece.

    Oct 30, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Succeeds where so few Hollywood movies even venture - it builds a believable life, adds just enough nervous laughter to relieve the realistic tension, and constantly escapes the dumbed-down expectations beaten into us by lesser films.

    Oct 28, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Weather Man

  • Feb 12, 2017
    The Weather Man is a film that plays better as a parallel to how Nicolas Cage is viewed in real life than it does as a feature film. That's not to say that the film isn't well made, I just don't think it has a lot to say, especially as it holds up over a decade later. Not many people like Cage anymore. After being an acclaimed award winning actor in the 90's, he fell off in popularity after making questionable career choices time after time. I've never had any reason not to like him, but I've also never been blown away by any of his performances (not including Leaving Las Vegas which I haven't seen). Cage plays David Spritz, a Chicago weather man who is liked by no one and seems to have everything go wrong with his life. Within the first 15 minutes, I found myself cringing at the way he lived his life. Buying a coffee instead of a newspaper for his father, letting his young daughter walk home by herself, and even throwing a snowball at his ex-wife in order to keep her attention? Not exactly the most productive way to gain people's admiration. The Weather Man is about as bland as you think a real weather man's daily life would be, and the film plays off those stereotypes. But it's difficult to ever get behind a character that can't figure out his priorities in life when he only works a few hours a day, gets paid over 200 thousand dollars a year, and lives in the greatest city in the world. Now, I understand that it just uses the occupation as a backdrop for a story about a man who has nothing go right in his life. The problem is, the number one thing that I look for in a movie is if I can get behind the characters and root for them. If I'm being honest, I was finding some enjoyment in just how poorly this man's day was going. I think if Spritz didn't make everything about himself, I could have shown some more compassion. The performances are fine, including supporting turns from Michael Caine, Hope Davis, and a young Nicholas Hoult, but they're nothing spectacular. There are several unnecessary scenes, including one really awkward scene with a sexual predator. It's built around Cage's performance and it's not exactly one that carries much weight. The best thing I can say is that there isn't a ton to dislike, but there's much to like either. +Semi-interesting look into a weather man's life -Bland -Truly cringe worthy moments 5.3/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2014
    I can't quite diagnose what makes this movie tick... It's got problems, but it kinda works, much like Hans Zimmer's annoying yet irresistible tick-tocking score and Nicolas Cage's obnoxious, yet irresistible doofy-faced appeal, which I guess is why he still gets work. Steve Conrad's non-linear script is expertly paced with emotionally-based plot points. He captures daily tragedies and triumphs with an insightful, darkly comedic eye. Michael Caine is the best I've ever seen him - staid and grave with much pomp and circumstance.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2012
    The Weather Man is a melancholy and somber character drama from director Gore Verbinski. The story follows a local television weatherman as he tries to win his father's respect and put his family back together. Nicolas Cage gives a strong performance and is joined by Michael Caine and Hope Davis. However, the story is a bit disjoined and the characters are somewhat aloof. The tone of the film is also problematic, as some of the dark humor comes off as cold and depressing. While it's an interesting and provocative film, The Weather Man is ultimately unsatisfying.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2012
    Noreen: You know what, Dave? You want to know why my BJs lacked enthusiasm? I hated you. I hated your hair. I hated your ugly legs, your forearms. I hated kissing your lips, Dave. Okay? And that's why I lacked enthusiasm when your cock was in my mouth.  "... bring an umbrella"  The Weather Man isn't the type of movie where there's any excitement. It isn't a comedy with a ton of laughs. When there's humor, it tends to be pretty dry. This is a dark, character study, dramedy. I'm not going to say it is a great movie, because I don't believe that to be true. I do, however, think it is a worthwhile film. Gore Verbinski can always bring style to his films, and he does again with The Weather Man. Maybe its style isn't like that of Pirates of the Caribbean or The Ring, but it's still there. A weather man out of Chicago named Dave Spritz(changed from Spritzle because Spritz sounds refreshing) is getting looked at by Hello America in New York. The job would mean that he would make around a million dollars a year. It may sound like his life is great. Unfortunately it isn't. His father is dying, he's divorced and his ex-wife wants little to do with him, and his kids are dealing with all the problems kids have to deal with the added problem of their parents being divorced. So, maybe things aren't all that great for Dave after all. The Weather Man is the type of movie I love seeing Nicolas Cage in. He's made for movies like this, not Ghostrider or Season of the Witch. No, he's made for movies like The Weather Man, Leaving Las Vegas, and Matchstick Men. Okay, so I'm a Cage fan. I always have to argue with people who say he's a horrible actor. Just because the only movies you've seen him star in are the garbage mainstream films that get forced down your throat doesn't mean he's a bad actor. It means he's an increasingly lazy one. He's taking a lot of money to star in bad movies, and when actors star in badly written and plotted films; they're acting reflects that. Go watch Leaving Las Vegas and then tell me Nicolas Cage is a bad actor. That's what I tell everyone. I will say, I am beginning to lose respect for Cage because he hasn't challenged himself for awhile and he keeps making mindless movies, but never will I say that he is a bad actor. Never. My favorite parts of The Weather Man are when Cage and Caine were onscreen together. Caine is a favorite of mine and I thought the two of them were phenomenal together.  A lot of people have criticized the movie for not being able to care about the lead character. I can't argue with that statement, as the characters for whom we care about, has to do a lot with the person watching it. All I will say is that I was able to sympathize with him and I did care about him. Overall I think this is an underrated film. It's not a movie that will change the way you look at life or movies for that matter, but it is one that deserved a little better reception then it ended up getting. 
    Melvin W Super Reviewer

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