The Weather Man

The Weather Man

Gore Verbinski (2005)

97min
15 Certificate
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Our Score
The difficulty with this black comedy drama about a TV weatherman and his midlife crisis is that the audience is unlikely to be overly concerned with the domestic problems and self-esteem of a protagonist who has the sort of highly lucrative career that would be the envy of most ordinary people. Nicolas Cage plays the title role of the slick, handsome broadcaster who has no real knowledge of his subject. He is separated from his wife (Hope Davis) and has trouble communicating with his distant son, overweight daughter and intimidating father. Michael Caine is excellent in the latter role of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who's struggling with both serious illness and disappointment in his offspring. But Cage presents a character who simply seems muddled, indecisive, self-indulgent and as dull as an overcast day, in what is ultimately a muddled, self-indulgent film. What we are left with seems little more than an example of navel-gazing by affluent American media types who do not know when they are well off.

Summary

A popular Chicago TV weatherman's future looks bright when he is invited to audition for a national morning chat show and relocate to New York. However, the outlook for his personal life is somewhat bleaker as he tries to cope with an ailing father, a difficult divorce and his stroppy children. Comedy drama, directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine and Hope Davis.

Cast & Crew

Dave Spritz Nicolas Cage
Robert Spritz Michael Caine
Noreen Spritz Hope Davis
Russ Michael Rispoli
Don Gil Bellows
Mike Nicholas Hoult
Director Gore Verbinski
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Momentum Pictures Guidance: Swearing and sex scenes. Available on: Available on DVD Released on: 3 Mar 2006

Comedy Drama

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