The Weather Man
In this tragedy masked as a comedy, the personal life of disgruntled Chicago weather man Dave Spritz (Nicolas Cage) is unraveling. Separated from his wife, he tries desperately and unsuccessfully to connect with his children. His only hope is to land a lucrative job on the nationally syndicated TV show Hello America hosted by Bryant Gumbel. But as a weather man, he gets little respect from others, evidenced when people throw food at him from passing cars. To make matters worse, he feels like a disappointment to his Pulitzer Prize winning father (Michael Caine), who is sadly diagnosed with lymphoma and has little time to live. Believing success in broadcasting will lead to personal success, Spritz auditions as the weather man for the popular TV show while there is a crisis at home. He learns a brutal lesson that life can be unpredictable, much like the weather he forecasts.
The synopsis above is only partly correct…this entire movie is a tragedy. I can think of better ways to spend one’s time and money than to plunk down 8 hard earned dollars in order to be subjected to 102 of the most depressing minutes you can imagine.
This movie reminds me of a quote from C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. “It’s always winter and Christmas never comes.” Weather man Dave Spritz’ life exemplifies that quote. The harder he tries to make sense of his life, the more tragedies he is faced with; from a divorce, to his daughter being ridiculed for being overweight, to his son being accosted by a sexual predator, and his father being diagnosed with terminal lymphoma. The other thing that stuck me about this downer of a movie, is that it must hold the record for the most cast members using the f-word.
To use another atmospheric metaphor, “The Weather Man” left me cold.