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The Weather Man (2005)

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

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28 October 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Monsieur Météo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$12,469,811 (USA) (16 December 2005)
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Trivia

The scenes at both WCH and Hello America were shot on existing local news sets at two Chicago television stations. The WCH scenes were shot on the set of WGN-TV and the Hello America scenes were shot on the set for Telemundo Chicago/WSNS-TV. See more »

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When David is talking to his father, after being hit by a Wendy's Frosty, the stain on his collar changes throughout their conversation. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dave Spritz: That was refreshing. I'm refreshed. I'm refreshing.
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Connections

Referenced in American Dad!: Hurricane! (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Lorraine
(1928)
Music by Cliff Burwell (as Clifford Burwell)
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Performed by Chet Baker
Courtesy of Blue Note Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Best movie of 2005 so far; Meaningful without being weepy
30 October 2005 | by (Suburban Detroit, MIchigan, United States) – See all my reviews

Summary: A middle aged weather man with a failing family life, sick parent and dull job copes with his life and aspires to move to a national TV show.

A great movie about the modern dilemma. It is about American society and its problems seen through the life of one guy. It talks about his problems, his mortality, his moral failings, and his caring soul as well. Nicely written, great photography of Lake Michigan covered in ice. Lots of great scenes where Nicholas Cage pull off difficult performances. Many sadly comic scenes including a dream sequence with Sponge Bob that is a wonderfully surreal.

I am afraid that disapproving critics don't understand the deep irony and existential humor like a Kurt Vonnegut novel. Nothing illustrates this better than the scene where Cage's character sees the giant balloon of Sponge Bob floating by. The meaning and meaningless of life together with family and ambition together with human frailty come together wonderfully and with humor.


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