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The Weather Man
Review written on: February 20th, 2006

The Weather Man Review

The Weather Man seemed to have fallen off the critics radar almost as fast as it had suddenly appeared. Almost as if momentarily after its release, everyone had forgotten about this movie. Myself included.

I’m glad I got the opportunity to see this DVD, though. While I had anticipated a comedy about a man who tells the weather, and his misadventures, I was wrong. Personally, I’d classify this movie as a very serious drama. Telling the tales of Dave Spritz (Nicolas Cage) and his horribly bad luck, and tragic life. Watching this movie, you have to think to yourself “could they have possibly given this guy’s character more bad luck?” He gets pies and sodas thrown at him, his kids are miserable, they call his daughter “cameltoe”, his son almost gets molested by a drug rehab counselor, and his wife is marrying someone who he refers to as “fat dildo”. To say he’s got it tough, would be an understatement.

I enjoy the voiceovers throughout the movie. It reminds me a lot of Scrubs with Zach Braff’s voiceovers, who undoubtedly, I love. Though the movie felt long, I didn’t seem to mind. I had a few chuckles here and there, and a few moments where I went “wow”, but overall, I really enjoyed the movie in its entirety.

The acting was excellent. Nicolas Cage is on top of his game in this film. Other great performances were put in by the kids playing his children, Nicholas Hoult (from About A Boy), and Gemmenne de la Pena playing his son and daughter. My only gripe was Michael Caine. While we all love and adore Mr. Caine, his attempt at de-Britishizing (yes, I made that term up) his accent was poor. While some actors can shed their accent, and “play American”, Michael Caine doesn’t do the best job with it. Certain words pop up with his accent fully intact. I can only imagine that during filming they could only shoot each scene so many times before saying “ok, screw it, let’s just move on.” Fair enough. However, the rest of the cast did very well in their roles. Especially Gemmenne de le Pena, a relatively unknown actor, making a role seem like nothing. Not bad for a 13 year old.

This movie is definitely an acquired taste. It’s very much where you’ll either love it (Garden State) or hate it (Broken Flowers, Lost In Translation). This isn’t the type of movie where you’d want to sit and watch it over and over again. However, I’m definitely going to go out on a limb and say you should atleast see it once. While I can’t guarantee that you’ll like it, I definitely think it’s worth spending the hour and 41 minutes to give it a shot. Don’t hate me if you don’t end up liking it, because as I said, it’s definitely an acquired taste. Not everyone is going to like this movie. Though I did. I’ll most likely watch this again in the future, when I want to reaffirm my feeling that Nicolas Cage is in fact a genius.

 

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