The Weather Man is sort of a feel-good downer comedy, if there can be such a thing. Nicolas Cage plays David Spritz, a man who knows little about meteorology but is paid about a quarter-million dollars to spend a few hours each day at a local Chicago TV station, where he stands in front of a green screen and reads the weather reports off a teleprompter. You might think this would open up all sorts of opportunities for him, but nearly everything in his personal life has taken a turn for the worse. His wife has divorced him, his children have serious social and self-esteem problems, and his father—a prize-winning novelist whose cool, detached demeanor keep him emotionally separated from David—may be dying. What's more, total strangers bug David with questions about the weather or throw product placements—er, I mean, fast-food leftovers—at him, and all because he's a famous face who does very little work for big bucks. No wonder he feels so hollow.
And yet the audience with whom I saw the film laughed quite consistently throughout. Cage can be such a quirky, odd duck that watching him try to make sense of normal family life has an inherently amusing quality. But some of the laughter may have been of the nervous or disbelieving kind. Early on, David's father Robert (Michael Caine) tells him that his overweight daughter Shelly (Gemmenne de la Peña) is mocked by her classmates—Robert calls them "her colleagues"—who call her "Camel Toe" because the pants she wears are awfully tight in a certain area. This term is repeated by various characters throughout the film, and just in case Robert's clinically accurate explanation of the term's meaning was not clear enough, we are shown a quick series ...1
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The Weather Man
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