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The Weather Man (2005)

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

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Dave Spritz is a local weatherman in his home town of Chicago, where his career is going well while his personal life -- his relationship with his perfectionist writer father, his neurotic ex-wife, and his now-separated children -- is spiraling downward. Despite being both loathed and loved by the local masses, Dave is a guy who doesn't seem to have it all together, and in this film, he begins to feel it. An attractive job offer presents Dave with a major question: to pursue his career in New York City, or to remain at home with his family. Written by mystic80

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Dave Spritz is about to take his best shot . . . at life. See more »

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Rated R for strong language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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28 October 2005 (USA)  »

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Monsieur Météo  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,248,465 (USA) (28 October 2005)

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$12,469,811 (USA) (16 December 2005)
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There's a scene where Mike (Nicholas Hoult) is watching a movie while his parents are fighting downstairs. The movie he's watching is Clear and Present Danger (1994) which includes Chris Conrad, who happens to be the brother of Steve Conrad, writer of this movie. See more »

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The parade scene at the very end is supposed to be taking place in New York, but if you look at the firefighters' uniforms and the emblem on the firetruck, they are clearly from the Chicago Fire Department. See more »

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[first lines]
Dave Spritz: That was refreshing. I'm refreshed. I'm refreshing.
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Featured in Relative Humidity: The Characters (2006) See more »

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I Can See Clearly Now
(1972)
Written by Johnny Nash
Performed by Vinnie Zummo
Courtesy of Luke Eddins
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Alternately hilarious and dark, with misleading marketing
31 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

When I first saw the advertisements for "The Weather Man", it seemed like the movie was going to be another formulaic, feel good Hollywood redemption tale. In reality, it is a dark, scathing satire of American values. The marketing likely scared away a lot of people who would enjoy the film, while attracting an audience who was presented with something unexpected and perhaps uncomfortable. The comedy is quite raunchy, the tone is bleak, and the story is anything but formulaic, throwing industry conventions right out the window, which leads to a film that's more believable than most.

David Spritz is a man whose life has become the ultimate exercise in futility. Each day, he wakes up and goes to a job that, despite paying a handsome salary, is entirely unfulfilling. His relationship with his ex-wife is strained, his relationship with his children distant. To make things worse, his Pulitzer Prize winning father seems to be disappointed in what David has done with his life.

In real life, progress in one's personal life is generally made in baby steps. Usually, people don't undergo a drastic transformation over the course of several months. David attempts to improve his standing in life, at times failing entirely, at times succeeding in small doses. The results of these attempts range from very funny to downright saddening, and this helps lend the film an air of realism. This is a complicated character study about a man coming to grips with the fact that he's failed to meet any of the goals he set for himself in life, despite attaining a social standing that many people are envious of. There aren't any easy answers or life altering epiphanies; self-improvement is a long, gradual task that will probably never be completely fulfilled, and "The Weather Man" reflects this reality. While not for all tastes, this movie deserves credit for tackling a relatively conventional subject in a very unconventional, at least for a mainstream Hollywood movie, manner. I imagine that this film will be a bigger success overseas and on DVD than it will be in its US theatrical run.


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