The Weather Man (2005) - Comedy, Drama

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

IMDB: 6.5
Director: Gore Verbinski
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Hope Davis
Length: 102 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 107 out of 326 found boring (32.82%)

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Illinois' weather is some of the most unpredictable in the nation, going from below freezing one day to 80-plus the next.

of course I couldn't argue back not having seen the film, however, I will now be able to report back that i have indeed seen it and actually rather enjoyed it.

WARNING: This movie has no plot & uses excessive profanity .

Just as effective family dramas such as the classic Days of Wine and Roses (1962) dealing with alcoholism, that has Nicole Kidman playing a rather eccentric mother in Margot at the Wedding (2007) or even the rich family period drama of The Tree of Life (2011), The Weather Man somehow captures a visceral immersion into emotional insights selecting well directed scenes of everyday drama edited together in a richly flowing storyline, doing so without the more edgy, independent cinematography offering a more serious but enjoyable film experience as found in the romantic comedy of Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) or If Only (2004) starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Paul Nicholls whose lives are reflected more than once in this fantasy, comedy, drama with even more startling dramatic results.

In the former, David's childlike innocence, intense longing and desperation touch you deep down so much that you would want to help him in any way you can and in the latter, which most of us would identify with, we would be drawn into introspection on how we have changed over the course of our lives, be it for better or worse.

Weather Man is the drab story of "weather man" Dave Spritz (Nicolas Cage), who is playing his stock character: the pathetic, stuttering, socially inept and boring every-man.

Depressing, Dull, and Ultimately Brilliant .

Both The Weather Man and Elizabethtown looked great in their previews, but I guess the minute and a half of preview footage was the minute and a half of entertaining moments in their respective films.

The events and characters are interesting, but no plot line really lasts long enough to carry this movie to the end.

A disjointed journey towards contentment .

The monotone and the bluish hue keeps everything down.

It was pointless.

It is deeply disturbing that such a pointless and flabby movie could pass for deep and profound.

Seeing Cage being hit with every fast food product you can think of is entertaining, as well as when he slaps a man in the face with his glove as if he were from the 15th century.

The film was an entire waste of time.

) Don't waste your money on a poorly acted, poorly written, and disappointing piece of crap.

This is unfortunately the worst movie I've seen in years.

Boring, vulgar, slower than a corpse.

Folks either really liked this (quirky, witty, character study) or hated it (slow, plot less, profanity-laced).

Unlike Christian Slater who faces a traumatic emotional event that sends him spiraling downward in the fascinating and compelling psychological thriller in He Was a Quiet Man (2007) or Leo DeCaprio who plays the bigger than life but secretive rich man in the extravaganza, relational epic of The Great Gatsby (2013), of the culturally foreign colored romantic drama epic of Slumdog Millionaire (2008) that focuses on the un-American cruelty of law enforcement and game shows, or Viggo Mortensen as a family man with a secret past that results in a violent family drama in A History of Violence (2005), or even Mickey Rourke's raw redemptive movie in The Wrestler (2008), The Weather Man interestingly enough is harder to direct and screenplay because it deals with the everyday turmoil of ordinary life struggles of broken marriages, of estranged and detached parents, the emotional struggles of simply living, living up to one's parents expectation and perceived stature, and questioning one's own existence as a person, working in a job that seems relentless empty and cruel.

Arguments escalate and jump from nowhere, and while some might call it 'realistic', I just found it tedious.

Trite, meaningless garbage.

The film is beautifully visual, with the monotone Chicago winter weather dominating and mirroring David's personal crisis.

The acting was okay, but I could find the point of the plot, as a matter of fact there is no plot.

This movie was the worst movie I have seen in the last 10 years.

Not realistic at all, but the concept did make for some half-funny, but contrived, scenes along the way such as the crude "camel toe" running joke.

The Weatherman summarizes the pain of divorce, loss of a loved one, empty career, and life after divorce.

Very disjointed film.

I kept hoping to see some of the entertainment the previews promised, but gave up and walked out after the first hour.

The Weather Man with it's style of dark humour and just with it's different odd characters makes it a quirky and original film and I really enjoyed it for that.

A waste of time .

Save your money.

) but it was not to be - it's just something to happen on screenOverall, it's one of those movies that, in their insistence on not being conventional - the desire, perhaps, to have a whiff of "indie" sensibility - loses sight of any hope of being edifying, original, or, in the end, entertaining in more than the most superficial way.

They were able to make a movie about real-life occurrences and make it both heartfelt and entertaining.

This film had it's moments, but they were very few and far between, with huge gaps of boredom and uselessness separating them.

A depressed man who has divorced his wife is bored with his job and has a hard time being a good father to his kids.

other than that, i enjoyed it.

Save your money and read my review .

As Unpredictable as the Weather .

All the while, we watch Cage wander about in a state of confusion, Michael Caine dispensing vacuous advice, he shrew ex-wife castrating him at every opportunity and his screwed up kids whine.

Watching it for free is a waste of time.

There were very few laughs connected by long stretches of boring, uninspired material.

This biography of a normal, uneventful, topically messed-up life of the average, albeit rich, human being is just the kind of movie that would expose Nick's underachieving style of acting that underrates the talent an actor of his status has.

Bland .

There are those people out there that are saying this movie is boring, not funny, and terrible.

I highly recommend it for men and women alike.

There is really no story in this chilly tale set in Chicago in the chilly winter.

The movie is set in Chicago, but the weather is unrealistically dreary.

I was as bored as Nicolas Cage looks the entire movie.

Even if you like difficult movies for what insights they can provide, this one is too dreary to finish.

A very enjoyable movie.

The Weatherman delivers a good message, but the pace is very slow .

His unfortunate preteen daughter is troubled and BLAND, a quality she most likely got from her father.

But, together with the recurring theme of stuff being hurled at David by disgruntled Chicagoans, the unexpected, intertwining scenes keep one's interest piqued, because, at times, you truly don't know what will come next.

David's relationship with his children, however, is shown from the viewpoint of his efforts in trying to get back together with them, and it makes for engaging viewing.

The narration of the movie added a nice touch and made it more enjoyable to watch, because we could hear what he was thinking.

You become lazy and bored, because you think you have everything.

Utter waste of time.

The ex-wife is is an attractive but bland individual with an equally bland boyfriend/fiancée.

I felt like I was about to fall asleep, half of the people in the theater walked out and I would have too if my friend wasn't the ride home.

Nothing of excitement happened, no plot no nothing.

I hate how in America it seems that a high percentage of family problems/crises seem to start from the most banal issues of who is going to take the garbage out, in this case his tartar sauce ordeal with his wife.

Put a cast together for an idea then write a disjointed and unfulfilling story that has a few moments of connection.

Also saw some predictable negative reviews by people like Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal -- if you get a chance, read the review, it's a lesson in what a review shouldn't be.

It is drab, sad, and most surprisingly, dirty.

that is his problem there is just nothing to say about it because it is just an empty film.

This is a nice original movie that is funny, emotional, intelligent, and overall entertaining.

I guess it's typical for a movie with minimal substance and dialogue to take advantage of slow motion and languid dialogue to pass the time.

He can really deliver an intense character role that can get one thinking about human character in general.

The weather, like life, is unpredictable.

This movie is a waste of money & time.

I am talking about the confusion of one's identity.

Language was offensive to the mixed gender audience and was unnecessary to the story AND what little of a story there was - was boring.

David has a few parts of his life worth being depressed about but hardly humorous: a Pulitzer winning father (David's weather man is like a dentist envying a medical doctor—he's not a meteorologist and dad is a writer who creates and doesn't suffer his son gladly), a wife glad to be rid of him, an dull, overweight daughter, and a druggie son who may be gay.

The exploration of his relationship with his dysfunctional family is gently perceptive, but it leads nowhere exciting.

After the movie, a man commented that this was the worst movie he had ever seen.

Short of watching 'date movie', this probably ranks as the slowest, unfunny film I have had the misfortune to have seen.

It's just drab and uninspired.

He's superb in rendering David's confusion and describing this really engrossing character who makes us smile with his anxieties.

Funny at times but overall its a bit boring .

It's an attempt at a slow paced dramady about one man's life in what he thinks is the shadow of his father.

Wholey pessimistic, yet somehow profound and engaging .

A convoluted, but partially enjoyable mess .

These are the only real comedic and memorable moments in an otherwise dull film.

Very existential and confusing...

The best part of this comes clearly from the fact that Cage,who really IS a very engaging and talented actor,gets a chance to show this off once more after years of being mostly sad-faced action heroes in brain-restricted films(Next,Ghost Rider,National Treasure 1 and 2,most recently).

There's message on the surface that most people think is pretentious or dull and then there's the underlying message that is simply beautiful.

The trailers misled the viewer into anticipating a rich comedy but in fact The Weather Man is a dull, dark comedy centered around characters with a flat affect.

It is filled with pointless vulgarity that is obviously just stuck in for a shock and awe effect.

The screenplay tends to get predictable at times and too conventional.

Nicholas Cage does the rest, leading the good cast in making this movie entertaining, though not in an orthodox manner.

The movie was well acted and well directed, but the declining action at the beginning of the film was drawn out.

Save your money.

The Weather Man: The Unpredictable and The Grayness of Being Human .

Something could have been made of this basic story (man's success in career comes at the expense of his home life), but nothing that could have been made of it, even trite, overused clichés from other bad comedies weren't used here.

) This was just a long, SLOW, depressing movie, about a guy's failed marriage, and subsequent descent into depression.

Was the plot fascinating....

But even Cage's sad sack of a character has to give long drawn narratives spoken in the typical slow annoying voice of Nicholas Cage on how he dreads his life and existence.

The whole movie was slow paced, drawn out, heavy handed and lacked comic timing.

The film is slow and boring with Cage providing a narration of situations throughout.


His daughter is just a poor chubby, cross-eyed girl and is played very bland and uninspiring by the young actress.

In the middle of this movie, I started to get bored.

Save your money.


I have never once walked out of the room so upset - I shocked myself and my parents.

Again I'd say this movie was enjoyable without being spectacular, a victim of its own self consciousness when it had the potential to be excellent.

This is a really very entertaining film.

It is weak, thin, very dry, and most of the time it DOES NOT MAKE SENSE!

Michael Caine's pseudo-accent was the worst since Dick Van Dyck in "Mary Poppins" and his role was utterly pointless.

What director Gore Verbinski (yes, the same one who made Pirates of the Caribbean) fails to understand is that it takes more than just weird music and prolonged shots of people looking distressed to make a film on par with the two aforementioned titles.

Utterly bored.

A very enjoyable film .

Boring and slow .

It is slow.

The film is pretty monotone in term of story and visual to underline exactly how bland the guy and his job are.

The chemistry between them is quite enjoyable.

worst movie of the decade .

It's an homage to melancholic French film noir, with lots of drab snow and blue filtered lenses.

This is a darkly evocative and insightful examination of one mans journey to reconcile his youthful aspirations of the man he wanted to be, with the man he has become.

"Entertaining" can be different things at different times .

The script is witty – as one would expect from Steve Conrad, who penned the underrated 'Wrestling Ernest Hemmingway', contains one or two very funny moments, and avoids saccharine sentimentality and an everything-in-the-garden-is-rosy cliché ending.

But, for me, this movie was a little on the long side and some boring parts.

Just to hear Sir Michael Caine use the expression "camel toe" is pretty unexpected.

Its just the conflicts were dragged out and should have been resolved earlier, well truthfully I'm not sure if the conflicts got resolved, because I didn't stick around see the end.

If The Weather Man accomplished anything it was to cause me to reevaluate what I waste my time on.

Cage's dopey hairdo and laconic demeanor also are enjoyable to watch.

The Weather man is a decent film that's fairly funny at times but overall a bit boring.

Its funny at times and overall a decent film but it was a bit boring.

His wife has left him for another man, his father is sick, he doesn't see his kids as much as he wants to, and his job is boring though it pays well.

Ho hum.

What some viewers did not expect to see - a somber, dreary and gray looking film and the characters that match the film visual palette perfectly.

A very dreary, dreadful movie.

This is the worst movie I have ever seen.

The Weather Man is about as bland as you think a real weather man's daily life would be, and the film plays off those stereotypes.

But still there are some mild rays of sunshine in this shallow but entertaining Dramedy.

I have been fearing that a movie starring Nick (and same with Kevin -- at least Waterworld had action) would come out and be as bland as his acting; now it has.

It's simply because that right after this movie and while thinking more and more about it, it just seems like such an incredibly pointless one, that achieves nothing in the end.

" If you are one who likes dry films that are more about the writers goal of creating a masterpiece then making a film that is enjoyable to sit through, then by all means see this film.

The Weather Man is a low key movie about a boring person who is deluded about life in a clueless manner.

" Ironically Spongebob was the most enjoyable part of "The Weather Man.

Every story element and situation was complete cliché.

This man is on the edge because of the things that are happening in his life, and you can sympathize.

I highly recommend it.

The moral of this movie is that life, similar to the weather, is unpredictable and will variate and surprise you.

There was no storyline worth waiting for at all!

Yet the deep meaning is; nothing, in humans and winds, can be predictable at all; like when his ex-wife turns her face while he throws a snow ball at her head's back, or how the lights went off before his speech, ..etc. The lesson here is about stopping this kind of thinking fully, as what the father tells the lead at the end: "You must abandon things" like his believing in himself as a writer, his wife, the idea of living with his children, or rather the try to persuade his father that he's succeeding as a writer, a husband, and a father like him!

Boring guy splits with his wife and has trouble relating to his kids.

A good compelling movie from one of the best actors as far as i'm concerned in the business.

Usually with a horrible film you walk out and think "I wouldn't recommend that to someone," in this case I walked out thinking "I'm going to tell everyone I know not to waste their money seeing it!

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.

He replied that he thought it was dull and stupid.

The only reason I watched this movie was because of the intriguing title and that Nicolas Cage was in it.

So (yawn), he tries to straighten his life and learns that taking a piece of the American Way or something, is the way to go after all, which is taking the job in New York and go for the money.

self-indulgent, including gratuitous sex, pedophilia, archery, and adolescent camel toe.

Director Gore Verbinski in The Weather Man has miscalculated the comedic qualities of a life so bereft of joy, so ignorant of the value of anything valuable in life that he has mistaken Nicolas Cage's splendid turn as an alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas for an equally inspired reprisal as David Spritz, a dreary Chicago weather man lost in his negative thoughts about his audience and loss of his family.

I really enjoyed it and came away feeling refreshed and thoughtful, and can't wait to see more films along the same lines.

In spite of that, it left me feeling empty because the ending didn't achieve what one would have hoped---whether it is positive or negative---the goal is to be moved.

It had a feeling like the director and the writer were just being smug by putting together a story of someone so mundane and self-centered that they could pass this off as dark comedy.

Save your money and buy a Big Mac and fries and go throw it at a movie studio chief.

Going nowhere slowly .


Interesting, yet pointless...

Four points for the cod - Freud,otherwise this piece of vainglorious nonsense is too self - regarding,posturing and attitudinising to be worth watching.

Nothing really ever gets resolved in this movie, which in the end makes this movie seem like quite a pointless one.

And to be honest i would rather watch paint dry.

Finally, the film was simply pointless.

The movie revolves around the character of Dave Spritz, a weatherman whose job is to predict the unpredictable.

I guess the above comments are correct but personally i found the movie slow and a little pathetic, Nicolas Cage is a fine actor wasted on what is really a poorly based story, i found it hard to believe any man in front of a camera with such ease ( in the story ) could be so poor in life, for me the story and swearing let it down, Fine actors telling a poor story.

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.

it's quite a slow film with some funny moments and you'll either find it poetic or boring, if you like action and high paced movies it's probably not worth your time.

It had a good decent underlying story, but was disjointed and hap hazard the way it was put together.

And the pace of many scenes is pretty slow -- something that didn't bother me -- my wife said it felt like fingernails on chalk board to her.

slow and disappointing .


The sex scene was pointless.

"The Weatherman" is a tediously boring movie with irritating characters.

What it is in reality is dreck, boring, plodding, mind-numbing dreck.

Very entertaining quality movie .

The plot lines were predictable and unsatisfying.

How many ways are there to dislike this waste of film and time?

There are some moments of comedy and they are enjoyable.

An unexpected gem .

There is so much I could say about this film, which bored me to tears because I went in expecting a comedy.

It's too slow, and I found the listless, rather dreamy style of narrative annoying after a while.

The Hollywood version is a painfully clumsy pastiche, stumbling from cliché to cliché in a rote, barely aware fashion.

The characters are uninteresting, the acting and dialogue are horrible, and the plot is simply uninteresting.

+Semi-interesting look into a weather man's life-Bland-Truly cringe worthy moments5.3/10

it dragged in a few parts.

Well I think it is pointless and boring.

I have almost a normal IQ and could not figure out what message this movie sent, other than that some lives are empty.

Director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Ring) has given us a film that at first glance seems simple enough, but which ends up being as absolutely unpredictable as the science of meteorology itself.

Pointless .

This may be the worst movie that I have ever seen.

Despite a few funny moments (the montage of Cage having all sorts of fast food items thrown at him being the best), I was as bored as Nicolas Cage looks the entire movie.

Worth Watching for Camel Toe Sequence.

It only served to add to the confusion of understanding what this movie was supposed to be.

only more pointless.

Boring and uninteresting .

Just excuse me while I yawn in your face and say, "Yeah, whatever.

I believe it had it's low points but, if you look past the fact of that you will find a pretty entertaining movie.

And, if you are one of those people that seem to like the movies most people think are a waste of time, then this one is for you.

Maybe I've been dulled by Hollywoods previous predictable plots that leave me feeling warm fuzzies?

Boring, stupid dialogue, stupid characters and embarrassing .

I am sure it's about alienation in modern life and how empty life can be in the western world...

This is an enjoyable, quirky little film despite the fact that nothing much really happens.

I find it hard to believe that anyone would spend the energy, time or expense to put such a pointless, depressing story on film.

The acting isn't horrible, but the plot is thin and contrived.

Real life can be pretty boring also, so I guess the movie was trying to capture that aspect.

His much more famous and well-respected father is dying, his wife divorced him, he can't connect with his kids, and he feels his job is empty.

The movie doesn't go in for grand speechifying or neatly tied-up resolutions, preferring instead to see life for the absurdly unpredictable and jumbled mess it truly is.

A slow paced movie must have enough to think about to keep interest.

Please, don't waste your time or money.

We could not believe two great actors, which are favorites of ours; Nicolas Cage and Michael Caine, would agree to do such a disgusting, boring, stupid dysfunctional family type of film.

Worst movie I've seen in years .

Unfortunately, the movie was a little too slow at times, and frankly it surprises me that the producers thought it would do well; I can't imagine who the target audience was supposed to be.

Secondary characters are insipid, especially the haughty father and the bored daughter.

Was it entertaining....

That made the movie much more enjoyable and intimate.

These features are very well done and intriguing to watch.

This movie was extremely boring.

And lets also have a look at the Michael Caine character, who I think was still being the best and most enjoyable thing about this movie.

Mostly boring and pointless .

Its bland message - be the best you can be - is an underwhelming conclusion to what, at times, promised to be a savage black comedy, a satire, or at least a parody of suburban living.

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.

This is a very slow and internally monologued film, which is of itself, doesn't automatically translate into a bad film, because much of said dialog feels honest.

This kind of film is actually becoming a cliché in Hollywood - successful white guy has mid-life crisis and questions his existence.

But be prepared to walk out feeling empty.

This turns out to be very dull and execrable and just made me want to vomit.

They agreed that it was puerile, embarrassing and depressing and we all stood up and walked out.

Everything else was a waste of time.

Still, this is an entertaining movie even though it keeps leading you on thinking the life forecast could be sunny with fair skies ahead.

Thus, the film's deficiencies stem mostly from an uneven script and a very slow-moving pace.

The script gives Spritz all the accouterments of upper middle class success including a big suburban home in which his ex-wife and children live, a trendy Chicago apartment for himself, and some quirks: a 14 year old son with a drug problem who is being hit on by his pedophile counselor, and a 12 year old daughter who is seriously overweight and bored with life.

The movie heavy handedly hammers home the theme: life is like the weather, unpredictable and random and like the wind, just blows around.

It needs to be more entertaining.

He's like a big kid who's never grown up, yet during the course of the movie, he realizes that he must and begins the slow, painful process of doing so.

Monotone as Nicolas .

One finds the characters in disconcertingly angular frames with vast expanses of empty space above their heads.

David Spritz is a Chicago TV weatherman whose life has become as imprecise and unpredictable as the forecasts he delivers to the waiting and often highly skeptical masses (he is quick to point out that he is no certified meteorologist).

Definitely worth watching with your loved one or with the whole family (except that some of the language may be inappropriate for little kids).

The most ironic thing with this movie was the fact that I sat until the end to see if it would get any better, but that proved to be a fruitless waste of time.

Well worth watching; unusual because not gimmicky .

"If I wanted to view this movie again, I would become a psychiatrist or an attorney for which this movie must be a complete bore.

I didn't like nor care about any of the characters, and instead of having realistic, heartfelt dialogue, the film is just full of pointless vulgarity (and a lot of it, I might add).

This movie follows a curious recent Hollywood trend in making movies about depressed and uninteresting characters.

Empty and Pointless .

All of these terrible things swirl around David Spritz, similar to the unpredictable weather.

Billed appropriately as a Comedy/Drama it succeeds in both genres due to eccentric, unpredictable intertwining scenes and the acting chops of Cage.

A Pointless Waste of Time .

all the elements of a contrived plot.

While this film tries to be emotionally mature and possess depth, to me the script is superficial and the storyline shallow and boring.

Overall it was somewhat confusing

Save your money.

This movie ranks near the top of my list of the worst movies I've ever spent money to see.