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The Weather Man

Published February 5, 2011

The Weather Man

Film info

  • Title The Weather Man
  • Director Gore Verbinski
  • Year 2005
  • Run time 1hr 41m
  • Genres Drama, Comedy
  • Tagline Dave Spritz is about to take his best shot... at life

Popular Chicago weatherman Dave Spritz is invited to audition for a national morning show. Professionally, Dave is on top of the world, but his personal life is in complete disarray. His painful divorce, his dad's illness and trouble with his kids have him poised on the knife's edge between stability and disaster. The harder he tries to control events, the more he finds life, like the weather, is completely unpredictable.

Background Info

Mr C recommended this one to me, either because of or well timed when it appeared on iTunes for 99p. Then it was on the iPlayer at the same time, so I was spoilt for options on how to watch it and didn’t really have a good excuse not to.

Live Blog

TimeComment

00:01:09 - Woah, is that ice? It’s making my eyes go funny. 00:03:58 - Why do people not understand that sometimes you just want to wait in line with your own thoughts? 00:04:35 - Although the man makes a good point. If you don’t want to be recognised, you go work in a bank. 00:06:56 - As 12 years old, she is still a kid.** **00:11:35 - Is Michael Caine doing an American accent?** **00:17:29 - He does seem to have a pretty rubbish life.** **00:23:36 - And two terrifying children. Why would he want to take them anywhere?** **00:29:27 - It’s easy to say: “I’m gonna work it out,” though. He’d have to change his whole life.** **00:34:13 - If you’re going to break the trust, you can’t reveal that you’ve done so! Rookie error.** **00:39:12 - “It’s wind, man, it blows all over the place.”** ****00:40:25 **- I tried archery once. I’d like to have another go. **00:45:46 - He can’t even get it right when he tries. What on earth is going to turn this film around? ****00:51:10 - “Easy doesn’t enter into grown up life.” ****00:59:10 **- That is a way cool vending machine! It rotates and everything. **01:01:59 **- Oof, giant Spongebob. I feel like I’ve seen a clip of this before, else I have dreamt about giant Spongebob’s at some point. **01:11:16 - If he got the job, they’d likely take it away from him when they find out he shoved pie in someone’s face. ****01:15:28 - This living funeral thing seems like a strange idea. ****01:20:44 - I wonder how many times they have said the f word so far. ****01:26:47 **- His dad is very strange, but always seems to get to the right advice at the end. **01:29:44 - He calls his dad Robert. ****01:31:53 **- Epic funeral rain. I’d like that kind of rain at my funeral. **01:34:16 **- I do enjoy him doing a bit of archery in his suit. **01:35:21 - More Spongebob. **

Conclusions

What a strange film. Completely depressing throughout, and no real uplift towards the end, despite the fact that you’re always waiting for something to come along and turn his life around. I quite often felt like I wasn’t really getting it, but I still liked it, so I can’t figure out how I feel about it.

Rating: 35

Rating: 3 / 5

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