Popular Chicago weatherman Dave Spritz (Nicolas Cage) has a shot at the big time when a national morning television show calls him for an audition. Professionally, Dave is on top of the world, but his personal life is in c... more »omplete disarray. The harder he tries to hold on, the more he loses his grip. His painful divorce, his Pulitzer Prize-winning dad's (Michael Caine) illness, and trouble with his kids have Dave poised on the knife's edge between stability and calamity. Trying to gain control of his situation, Dave slowly comes to realize that life, much like the weather, is completely unpredictable.« less
Russ B. (russbaker) from WILLOW SPRINGS, MO Reviewed on 2/19/2015...
I'm afraid I'll have to go with a mediocre score. This movie bordered on not so good. A disappointment.
Nicolas Cage is the Weather Man
Georgios A. Katsaros | Greece | 02/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This a film that I didn't expect to make me feel anything.When I saw the trailer I thought this was a clear comedy.It's not.Its 80% drama and the rest comedy.
Here we follow David Spritz (Nicolas Cage) and trying reconfigure his life.He try's not to lose control of his life and reconnect with his wife Noreen (Hope Davis) and try to connect and bond with his children and impress his father.Its a touching story of man whose flawed as we are all and that makes mistakes but means well.Its story that really feels real to how sometimes relationships between people go and are.Also the ending of the film ends with a real ending instead of classic Hollywood happy ending.Not that the ending is sad but its realistic.
The film directed by Gore Verbinski.The film shows how diverse and quite talented he is as a directed.He has directed a horror film The Ring,a semi comedy The Mexican,an adventure Pirates Of The Caribbean and now The Weather Man.This film felt more like The Ring.Now you will be asking yourself what in common did this have to The Ring.Well ill tell you its not on the topic of the film.Its not horror element.But the look of the film.Both films are dark and grainy with rainy and cloudy days that create a great atmosphere for the characters.Also the second in common is that turns back to little bit more small budget films then the big extravaganza of Pirates Of The Caribbean.All his films have been successful and loved by critics and audiences so his career for now looks its like going to be on the up and up with Pirates Of The Caribbean 2 coming up for him.
Also the second good part about this film is Nicolas Cage.When you need a great actor to play a weird character with flaws to add depth to it Nicolas is always the right choice.People have been saying its Terrence Howard's year with Hustle and Flow and Crash.But I also think its Nicolas Cage year as well.With Weather Man and Lord Of War he shows us that he is one of the best acting talents in cinema for me.And in my opinion he doesn't get enough credit sometimes.
The DVD will include an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track with a Relative Humidity: The Characters feature, a Trade Winds: The Collaboration feature, an Atmospheric Pressure: The Style feature and a theatrical trailer.From all the extras this film deserves at least a commentary by Gore Verbinski that were not going to get.Probably he is too busy with Pirates Of The Caribbean 2 to do a commentary.
I enjoyed this film.This was one of the nice surprises of the year well worth a look.Nicolas Cage and Gore Verbinkski bring a touching film to the screen that does try to fool us but just tell a sory on how life really is and that we don't get what we want all the time as much as we try and deserve it."
Melissa Niksic | Chicago, IL United States | 10/29/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
""The Weather Man" is a refreshing film that is emotionally mature and drastically different from the crap Hollywood usually throws at us, but it doesn't develop as much as it could have, which pretty much defeats its purpose.
Nicholas Cage plays Dave Spritz, a Chicago weather man who shines in front of the camera but is unable to function in everyday life. His ex-wife doesn't share his desire for reconciliation, his relationship with his kids is shaky at best, and the father he's never been able to please (Michael Caine) has just been diagnosed with a terminal illness. There are moments of humor in this film, but most of it is very depressing. Both of Dave's children are having problems: his daughter is overweight and unhappy and his son is trying to kick a drug habit while falling victim to sexual advances from his counselor. The only thing Dave has going for him is his career: he's up for a national gig doing the weather on Bryant Gumbel's morning news show. However, being a weather man isn't very fulfilling for Dave, and he realizes that his life is as unpredictable and uncontrollable as the wind, which is a very depressing thought.
The movie has its moments, and both Cage and Caine deliver excellent performances. However, the story doesn't really go anywhere. It's pretty much a downpour of life's crap from the beginning to the end, with no major character resolutions to speak of.
The best thing about the movie is that my cousin Amanda was an extra in it...look for her during the ice skating scene!"
An Almost Excellent Movie
Richard Cunningham | United States | 11/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a quasi arthouse film with famous actors. Alone worth watching for Michael Caine's performance. The lack of a major climatic moment is in itself part of the story. Chicago in winter: satire, anti-utopia, inverted worlds, cold and indifferent? Is Dave a Zen Archer/ Hawkeye from Last of the Mohicans/ Robin Hood?
I liked it, but that's just my opinion
Rottenberg's rotten book review | nyc | 10/31/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This was another tricky review for "The Rotten Review". "Weather Man" isn't a comedy or a tragedy, yet it dips deeply into each. I enjoyed it, but it's a flick that will likely divide even intelligent moviegoers who want a respite from "Doom" on one side and "North Country" on the other.
Nicholas Cage is Dave Spritz, "The Weatherman". Though apparently successful giving the weather for Chicago viewers, his life is a wreck. Everybody seems to hate him - the kindest seem to have no respect for him. Though making over $300 grand a year for a job with few time demands, Spritz leads a painful existence. His virtually ex-wife (Hope Davis) hates him, and is planning to start a new life with a puffy jerk named Russ who seems about as attentive to her needs as Spritz himself; his daughter is blankly detached and overweight - all of Spritz's attempts to bond with her end in disaster. Spritz's son, Mike, is in rehab for some vaguely unspecified blow-out - but his counselor has some creepily predatory ideas about the boy. Then there's Spritz's father - played by Michael Caine, Robert Spritzel is a prize-winning author with whom Spritz has never bonded. Spritz had hopes of being a novelist as well, but could barely craft a workable story, let alone escape his father's shadow. The old man could never pass on his talent, and now he's dying of lymphoma. Spritz has only his job to ennoble and enable him - but even that just exposes him to a larger audience of abuse, with Spritz repeatedly targeted by people with unwanted fast-food. (During the course of the flick, Cage is pelted by total strangers with burritos, coffee, milkshakes and, at one point, falafel.) People hate him, or love to think nasty things of him. Worse - Spritz can't even think coherently lauditory things about those he loves. Asked to give a speech about his father, Spritz starts off comparing him to the Bob Seeger song "Like a Rock" - mercifully, the power shorts out before he can further than that. In short, money aside, Spritz is a man slowly becoming undone.
Watching "Weather Man", you'll probably spend most of your time wondering what kind of movie this is. Spritz's predicament is tragic, yet the story doesn't quite bring you to tears. There are moments which are almost hysterically funny, yet "Weather Man" isn't a comedy either - it doesn't try to make Spritz its punchline. Most of the laughs are of the ironic kind (if you saw "Sideways", think of the runaway-Saab scene, or the angry maitre'd from "Punch Drunk Love".) but they work. The script doesn't try to make too much sense of itself - it's never clear how Spritz and his wife ever had any relationship given how much she hates him, or what brought them to go at each other's throats. (Why Spritz's wife seems eager to replace him with a guy who seems about as worthwhile as Spritz was, is only another of the flick's enigmatic touches.)
Yet "Weather Man" has its own magic for those willing to give it a chance. Nick Cage works some real pathos out of the shallow Spritz, and creates an unforgettable character out of a facile TV personality utterly clueless to the mysteries of the wind. Set in a Chicago seemingly trapped in an endless winter, and the lakes are coated with slabs of ice - the setting mirrors Spritz's soul. Spritz himself is frozen, willing to stick with winter rather than face a new and warm season in which his wife will start a new life without him, and in which his father will be dead. I can't call it a thinking-man's comedy, because you don't have to be an idiot to hate it. Instead, it's that rare dish of comedy that must be served cold."
"Life without struggle is meaningless"
CAPG | San Jose, Costa Rica | 07/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nicolas Cage takes a break from all the awful big blockbuster action movies he does and chooses a role that reminds us why he won an Oscar in the first place (Remember his Oscar? It sure wasn't for "Next" or "Ghost Rider"!)
In this smallish, low key movie, directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean), Cage plays David Spritz, the titular Weatherman. David wears well tailored clothes, drives nice cars, lives in a very nice apartment and has a great job most people would kill for. He also feels miserable most of the time.
He is separated from his wife and he can't communicate with his kids, no matter how hard he tries. He dislikes what he does for a living and feels it's a sham. On top of that, the one person he would most like to impress, his father (played by Michael Caine), clearly acts like he believes his son will never grow up or ever amount to anything. In fact, David's life is so off track that when random strangers throw food at him in the street(!) it doesn't seem bother him that much.
From what you have read so far, you might have the impression that this is supposed to be some kind of comedy... it isn't. But it's no tragedy either. So if it's neither funny nor tragic, what is it supposed to be? The only word I can think of to describe it is ... poignant
For example, there is a moment in the movie when his daughter tells him how she got her nickname which I found very touching. Being a father myself it reminded me how heartbreaking it is to not be able to protect your kids against life, but at the same time how easy it is to forget how resilient they actually are. In fact something I loved about the movie is how it portrays peoples' ability to surprise each other when least expected - and even surprise themselves every once in a while!
There are quite a few other things I could talk about, but I don't think they will help me convey just how good this movie is. I figure that if you're reading this you must be interested so just go for it, there's a good chance you'll enjoy it."