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The Weather Man (2005)

A Chicago weather man (Cage), separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive.

Directed by
Gore Verbinski

Genres
Comedy, Drama

Cast
Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine, Hope Davis, Gemmenne de la Pe?a, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Rispoli, Gil Bellows, Judith McConnell, Chris Marrs, Dina Facklis, DeAnna N.J. Brooks, Sia A. Moody, Guy Van Swearingen, Alejandro Pina, Jackson Bubala

Lay and I went to see this movie Saturday night. I liked it, and Lay thought it was OK, but not great.

This movie was not at all like I was expecting. The Weather Man is crass and silly, but it’s also extremely dark and sad. David Spritz (Nicholas Cage) is a sad, lonely man who’s trying to reconcile with this ex-wife and get his family back together, but despite his best intentions, things just never work out the way he wants. More than anything, he wants to prove to his dying father that he can be a great man too, but time is running out. This is not your typical comedy. It’s not easy to watch sometimes, but according to Robert Spritz, “Easy doesn’t enter into grown-up life.”

Don’t expect to be “entertained” necessarily…expect to be challenged. It didn’t have the prepackaged bombs and special effects. Instead it had one of the most touching and intelligent scripts in the last year. “The Weather Man” deals with real issues such as insecurity, love, and trust. It presents scenarios where the audience might become uncomfortable looking at an aspect of their lives they might not like. Here is a parent who is challenged by his inability to connect with his own children, who appears to have unsurmountable challenges dealing with a spouse, and who is now not very sure his job is truly what he always wanted.

Nicholas Cage does an outstanding job moving between the various worlds in which his life plays out, and Michael Caine once again shines in his supporting role as the father who can’t communicate with his son, and has now pressing issues to deal with before it’s too late.

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