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4.0 out of 5 stars A good film, but not a comedy, 18 Dec. 2006
This review is from: The Weather Man [DVD] (DVD)
This film was not at all what I expected.

I watched "The Weatherman" for two reasons. First, I thought any film starring Michael Caine and Nicholas Cage was bound to have some good acting, and the trailer strongly reinforced that impression. Second, the trailer also made me think it was a gentle comedy.

The first assumption was absolutely right. The second was way out. There are quite a few moments in it which would be funny in isolation, and were funny in the trailer, but in the context of the central character's life I couldn't laugh at them.

The film is about Dave Spritz (Nicholas Cage), a weatherman who is the son of a pulitzer prize-winning journalist (Michael Caine) and the divorced father of two teenage children. During the course of the story, he has to come to terms with the death of someone very close to him, the challenges of being a parent, and the aftereffects of divorce.

Meanwhile, a steady thread through the story is Dave's bid for a much more prestigious job, while he is regularly brought down to earth with a bump, or distracted from his family duties, when some cretin in the street who didn't like one of his weather forecasts throws fast food at him.

In isolation, this may make you laugh. But if you identify with the central character, which Cage's excellent portrayal makes it easy to do, it is no longer funny if someone throws a drink at you and gets a mess all over your coat while you're on the way to collect someone you love from hospital where they are having tests to see whether their cancer is terminal.

Michael Caine's character, Robert Spritzel, is a very wise man, who gets some of the best lines in the film, and Caine delivers them superbly. Cage and the supporting cast also act very well indeed. It is a moving film, and a very well made film. But one thing it is not is funny.

The only point where I laughed at the trailer, and still laughed in the film, is the vignette which shows Dave walking to work with a five foot longbow and arrows on his shoulder, and you hear his voice saying "people don't throw things at me anymore - maybe because I carry a bow around."

If you want to watch the kind of film which illustrates one of Caine's great lines in the film - "Easy doesn't enter into grown-up life" - go ahead and watch this, and you won't be disappointed. If you are looking for a film to make you laugh, look elsewhere.
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