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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 December 2014
'The Weather Man' is a passable enough popcorn film, but it's a bit of an oddball movie. Although it's billed as a comedy, I didn't find any of it all that funny, and it certainly doesn't fall into any other category such as action.

Nicholas Cage stars as Dave Spritz, a depressing weatherman whose life is falling apart and is trying to get it all back together. Although watchable, I found 'The Weather Man' to be mostly slow moving, somewhat boring and sprinkled with random sex, seemingly thrown in there just for effect.

Professional acting guaranteed, although Michael Caine's talents were wasted and he deserved better, but I just found 'The Weather Man' to be very depressing and tiring for the most part. Only worth watching the once.
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on 25 March 2017
It's a great shame that this film is unknown by most. The film presents itself as a fairly run of the mill comedy/drama but if you look a bit deeper it has many themes prevelant to the paradoxical nature of American culture. Everyone is a little lost and struggling to make sense of each day and perhaps confirms that life especially in a modern consumerist society is both too fast lived and too force fed. Try to look past the dodgy accent of Michael Caine and find a film that is truly beguiling. An underrated masterpiece.....!!
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on 20 June 2017
The filming was excellent. The end of the film is still a long way from my perfect ending. I think I really fell in love with this movie, and I'll watch it a few times. The plot is very subtle. On rainy days, I shut myself up and watch it by myself. The actors performed very well.
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on 24 July 2010
'The Weatherman' makes for a very 'comfortable' watch. I use 'comfortable' because of its coherence. First of all, Nicolas Cage was briliiantly cast for his role as Weather Wimp. Furthermore, the events depicted in the film blended together logically and seemlessly. Throughout the picture a sort of affluent consistency prevailed. Up to the smallest detail, everything had been worked out perfectly. Simple plot; David Spritz, prime example of Mr. Nice Guy who lets the whole world trample over him, tries to rearrange his life by meticiously avoiding stepping up for himself. Apart from the occasional fall out with ex wife and soon to marry new love of her life, David sports a stiff upper lip, sometimes accompanied by an apologistic smile, when life throws him another setback. This includes a whole range of fast food items, which are chucked at him from passing vehicles. David takes it all in his stride and keeps on trying to mend his marriage, support his children who live at mum's, support his dad who is terminally ill, write a book and land a job as weatherman with one of the national networks. In spite of all the opposition he encounters, David keeps on going with one step forward and two steps back. The combination of a well thought through plot, spellbinding acting and great score made me feel very melancholic. I presume this was the very emotion director Gore Verbinski tried to convey. He succeeded admirably. Another perk in this production is the appearance of Michael Caine. Listening to British actors having to speak with an American accent is not often a pleasurable experience. Michael Caine proved to be an exception to the rule. Just goes to show what a great actor he is. Don't mistake 'The Weatherman' for a comedy. It isn't. It's drama alright. It has its funny moments, but then again, they may occur in any movie. It's a sad story, rather. Not one to get your hankies out over, but one to provoke your thoughts, feel deeply sorry for and sympathise with the main character and wonder why nice people often get misunderstood and mocked by society.
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on 24 October 2006
As another reviewer pointed out, this film does not fit in any one particular genre, so those expecting the usual brand of comedy will probably be disappointed. Where is the low-brow or no-brow usual brand of big box-office hit humour? Well if you want that, maybe you had better look elsewhere. This does have funny moments in it, but this is more a study of when things fall apart, and it's very well done, the melancholy and desperation in the film somehow do not leave you depressed, only impressed by the acting and the quiet beauty of the film.

Henry David Thoreau said that most men led lives of "quiet desperation", and this can't be better portrayed than here. David Spritz, aka Nicholas Cage, tries to keep himself from falling apart, but his anguish is palpable. He knows at best his weather reports are rough estimates, "it's just wind." His life mirrors his work, as his loss of absolute control over the weather reports is mirrored by his loss of control over events in his life, his father's illness, his children's teenage angst and his estranged wife whom he tries to win back but fails.

As things worsen in his life, he seeks solace in archery, and watching him concentrate on this you get the impression it has a meditative quality to it, the control he has over this sport is in complete contrast to the rest of his life. Somehow the archery scene manages to capture an essence of him re-adjusting to his new life, how he is finding new strength within when things are falling apart without.

It is difficult to write the feelings and impressions you are left with after watching this film. It's something that might make you think about your own life and how you are living it. It will probably make you acknowledge the fleeting nature of the world we live in, and if you have ever had to juggle work with difficult life issues, then you will probably find some solace here. It's simply superb. The acting is excellent, and the under-emotional performances work very well here. It all adds to the futility Spritz feels, the loss of control the cold, grey, life he lives and the constant ticking of time, also not on his side.

In summary, I found this film beautiful in it's sparse nature, it captures the struggle life can be and the façade we all have to put on whilst dealing with difficult elements in our lives. It does so with humour, pathos, and excellent character portrayals. It's well worth a look.
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on 1 July 2010
This film is one of my favourite films of all time, quite simply it is a subtle masterpiece.
If you didnt like it the first time watch it again, but dont focus on it being a rip roaring comedy, its a comedy drama!
Everyone should in some way be able to connect with the character, if you cant your not human.
simply Great.
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on 26 February 2017
‘The Weather Man’ – a film about the life and times of a Chicago news weather man, or the last decent film Nicholas Cage has made (to date). It’s up to you to decide. Once upon a time Cage was Box Office dynamite. Nowadays, his star has shone on the ‘direct-to-DVD’ market and has become synonymous with over-acting and that awful remake of ‘The Wicker Man.’

However, back in the day he used to be pretty good. Here, his ‘over-acting’ is turned down a notch or two and he does what he does best – give a decent performance. He plays a down-on-his-luck weather man for a (not particularly prestigious TV station. Just because he gets the occasional perk of being a – minor – celebrity, doesn’t mean his life is going that well. His wife has left him and kept the kids and house, his dad (wonderfully played by Michael Caine – sporting an unusual American accent) is pretty aloof, people keep throwing fast food at him on the street and the least said about his estranged kids the better. Therefore, despite his apparently privileged lifestyle, he still has plenty to complain about.

I really enjoyed this film, which Cage bears completely on his shoulders. I really do think it’s his (last) best performance. If there is one criticism that might be levelled at the film it’s that it’s a little ‘unfocused.’ The story doesn’t really go anywhere as it’s mainly about following his life as he tries to… well, just go about his day to day business. There’s no real ‘beginning, middle and end’ as there is with most standard Hollywood films.

It’s a ‘bittersweet’ drama that borders on black comedy. So, if you’re a fan of Cage at his best, or just like dark family dramas which have a touch of social commentary and don’t necessarily go anywhere, you should get something out of this one. Alas, poor Nick we remember him fondly.
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on 3 July 2012
I missed this film when it first came out, and, due to it not being particularly well reviewed, was in no rush to see it. I have only got around to it due to having watched "The Family Man" a while ago, and remembering how much I love watching Nicolas Cage in stuff, and so added a load more to my lovefilm list. And he doesn't disappoint again. In fact, I think this is one of his greatest performances.

The acting is superb throughout this film, with the one bad spot being Michael Caine's appalling effort at an American accent. It's such a small attempt, he gives up trying sometimes, and when he does do it, it makes you cringe. Other than that though, his performance is excellent, as Cage's disappointed father. He's disappointed with David Spritz (Cage), as is everybody else, most of all Spritz himself. He does 2 hours of work a day, and picks up a couple of hundred thousand dollars a year for it. He's a weather man, but he's not even a meteorologist. He hates that there is a high degree of variance, which means the predictions he makes can't even be relied upon. So if his predictions are unreliable, and that's all he does, then what use is he?

His conclusions about himself aren't happy ones, unfortunately, but what he thinks of himself is probably still nicer than what his ex-wife, played by Hope Davis, thinks of him. They have two kids, a fat unhappy daughter and a son who has had drug problems, and is assigned a counsellor, but has the bad luck to get a dodgy pervy one who wants to take photos of him topless.

Spritz gets a shot at getting one of the top weather jobs, on daytime US network television, which would mean relocating. He harbours dreams of reuniting his family and starting again elsewhere, an idea not wholly embraced by his ex who plans to marry someone else. It's this common feeling of "if only" that this film demonstrates so well. If only he could get this better job, then maybe everything else will fall into place. I'm very familiar with that feeling, and even if we know it can't possibly fix everything, or maybe even anything, the magic fix is a delusion we're often happy to entertain, as the alternative involves lots of hard work, and possibly unending unhappiness.

Another issue Spritz is wrestling with is the gradual wasting away of his potential. Sure, he's doing well, but you can only take one path in life, even if it's a meandering one. When it's all potential, the possibilities are endless. When you actually go through life, no matter which choice you make, you automatically discard all other choices. The possibilities are whittled down to one, even if you choose right. And nobody can choose right all the time. Eventually, all the possible you's are whittled down to just one you. And that's all you're left with. You.

It's a messy film, with no obvious plot lines, and mixing humour and sadness to the point you can jump from one straight into the other. Messy, then, kind of like life. I confess to laughing and crying (yes, how sad is that. And I'm not prone to crying at films, it's probably happened about three or four times ever, but Cage and Caine, sitting in a car with a song by Bob Segar playing in the background, made it happen) in this film, although there's no doubt it's more drama than comedy. Billed as a comedy, this was a crazy idea by the production company. Talk about false advertising. You want a comedy, you would hate this, as lots of people seem to have done. It's the same as About Shmidt, one of the most depressing films I've ever seen. However, if you want a film about the human condition, and what it means to find happiness in the world, and maintain relationships with your family, filled with terrific dialogue, fantastic performances, sparkling direction, tears, laughter, and the sense that anything could happen, then it's worth a go. You can continually think you know how a scene is going to pan out, and you will be continually wrong.

Steve Conrad's intelligent script is a joy - there's a love of language, a love of the unexpected, and a love of life. I try and write screenplays, and this is one I'd love to have written. Maybe I feel I loved this film so much because I didn't have much in the way of expectation, but this is one of the best films I've seen for a long time. I can't believe the negative ratings it gets. In a time of boring films by numbers that Hollywood puts out, in between reboots and remakes and sequels and prequels, this is something special, and I'm gutted it doesn't get more respect for that. This is a courageous and sparkling piece of filmmaking, that I already want to watch again. A film that can create tears of laughter and tears of sadness, sometimes only moments apart, is an excellent film indeed. Possibly even a great one.
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on 25 March 2014
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?
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on 6 November 2006
Weatherman is a strange and ultimatley very enjoyable film. Nicholas Cage is excellent as Chicago's top weatherman, Dave Spritz, whose private life is steadily crumbling before his eyes. We follow as he aims to get the stint at New York's Hello America while battling the turmoil of his private life. This is a slowpaced and understated movie but it doesn't suffer from that. In fact, the film develops into a melodic and witty look at a normal guy trying to keep things together whilst fate conspires against him everywhere he goes.

The relationship he has with his almost-adolescent daughter is wryly observed and offers some genuinely touching and funny moments. Michael Caine keeps up his prodigious workrate as Cage's intelluctually brilliant father. His accent is unplaceable but his performance is fine. Overall this is an intelligent slowburning gem. The film provoked a very strong response from the critics. Why? Maybe they read the premise and expected some knockabout Anchorman type flick. That it most certainly is not.
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