Weather Man (Widescreen)

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Product Overview

Chicago weatherman David Spritz (Nicolas Cage) is living the life most of us dream of: he's a celebrity, makes a six-figure salary working two hours a day, and is on the short list for the meteorologist job on a national morning show. But his professional successes are overshadowed by his personal failures. He's divorced from his wife, his kids are slipping away from him and even his Pulitzer Prize-winning father (Michael Caine) won't take him seriously.

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 202074816
UPC 097363436546
UPC 14 00097363436546
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Divorce
Fathers And Sons
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Nicholas Cage stars in this dramatic comedy from director Gore Verbinski (PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL), once again playing a handsome bachelor in a post mid-life crisis (ADAPTATION, THE FAMILY MAN, MATCHSTICK MEN). The son of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Spritz (Michael Caine), David Spritz (Cage) is a successful Chicago weatherman who for reasons beyond his understanding, frequently gets fast-food thrown at him on the street. Could the reason for this be that David's job, though lucrative, requires little exertion, allowing him to occupy what even he admits is a relatively easy existence? Living in the shadow of his father's greatness, and in the wake of a recent marital separation, David messily struggles to impress his father, reconnect to his estranged wife (Hope Davis), and save his troubled kids (Gemmenne de la Peña, Nicholas Hoult), all while trying to land a coveted job in New York. David's efforts to reach and protect his kids feel realistic in that they are heartfelt, but not always successful. Likewise, David's marriage contains tangible flaws that reveal themselves in interesting ways. ^THE WEATHER MAN contains just as much sadness as it does comedy, and does a good job of finding one in the other. Some of the film's most heartbreaking scenes are also the funniest, the best example of this being when David learns that his daughter is being called "Camel-toe" at school. Each time Cage's clueless and vulnerable David gets hit with a burrito, milk shake, or McDonald's apple pie, we genuinely feel for the guy. Through increasingly insightful voiceovers, viewers are taken on David's journey from the lazy desire for things to be easy to the hard realization that things never are, and as David's wise father says early on in the film: life without struggle is meaningless.
Reviews
Uncut "Steven Conrad's script is studded with brutal, blackly comic moments..." 04/01/2006 p.136
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "A hangdog Nic Cage ladles out his put-upon Everyman shtick in Gore Verbinski's tasty twist on the male menopause." 07/01/2006 p.106
Ultimate DVD 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Cage] is excellent, making Dave empathetic and sometimes just downright pathetic, but never losing the audience's sympathy." 07/01/2006 p.110
Directors
Gore Verbinski
Actors
Hope Davis
Michael Caine
Nicolas Cage
Cast & Crew
Nicholas Hoult - Star
Hope Davis - Star
Michael Caine - Star
Nicolas Cage - Star
James Levine - Star
Michael Rispoli - Star
Gil Bellows - Star
Steve Conrad - Screenwriter
Steve Tisch - Producer
Todd Black - Producer
Hans Zimmer - Composer
Jason Blumenthal - Executive Producer
Gore Verbinski - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 343654
UPC 00097363436546
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 101 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Digital Surround, Featurettes, Theatrical Trailer, English, Spanish Subtitled
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