The Weather Man (2005) - Comedy, Drama

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97

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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%)

One-line Reviews (255)

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.

Pointless .

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

Every story element and situation was complete cliché.

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.

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.

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

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).

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.

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.

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

A very enjoyable film .

Boring and slow .

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.

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

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.

Well worth watching; unusual because not gimmicky .

There was no storyline worth waiting for at all!

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

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's just drab and uninspired.

Please, don't waste your time or money.

Very existential and confusing...

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

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

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

A convoluted, but partially enjoyable mess .

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

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

Very entertaining quality movie .

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Was the plot fascinating....

It is slow.

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

Save your money.

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

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

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

The weather, like life, is unpredictable.

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

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.

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

Very disjointed film.

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.

Utterly bored.

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

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

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

worst movie of the decade .

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

A waste of time .

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.

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

Empty and Pointless .

Save your money and read my review .

Boring, stupid dialogue, stupid characters and embarrassing .

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

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

This movie is a waste of money & time.

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.

I highly recommend it.

This is the worst movie I have ever seen.

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.

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.

It was pointless.

Depressing, Dull, and Ultimately Brilliant .

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.

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.

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

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.

A very dreary, dreadful movie.

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

The plot lines were predictable and unsatisfying.

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

This is a really very entertaining film.

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

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.

It needs to be more entertaining.

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

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

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

Watching it for free is a waste of time.

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

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

Boring, vulgar, slower than a corpse.

Well I think it is pointless and boring.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Pretentious?

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

A disjointed journey towards contentment .

The chemistry between them is quite enjoyable.

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

only more pointless.

Save your money.

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

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

Trite, meaningless garbage.

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.

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

"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.

Going nowhere slowly .

slow and disappointing .

Save your money.

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.

"Entertaining" can be different things at different times .

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

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.

Save your money.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

The monotone and the bluish hue keeps everything down.

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

Mostly boring and pointless .

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

He replied that he thought it was dull and stupid.

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

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

) 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.

Overall it was somewhat confusing

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

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

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

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.

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

Funny at times but overall its a bit boring .

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

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

Boring and uninteresting .

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.

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.

all the elements of a contrived plot.

Everything else was a waste of time.

Worth Watching for Camel Toe Sequence.

Boring!!!.

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

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

Nothing of excitement happened, no plot no nothing.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

Finally, the film was simply pointless.

And to be honest i would rather watch paint dry.

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

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

That made the movie much more enjoyable and intimate.

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

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.

Bland .

Monotone as Nicolas .

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

I highly recommend it for men and women alike.

Ho hum.

These features are very well done and intriguing to watch.

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

it dragged in a few parts.

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

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

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

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

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!

other than that, i enjoyed it.

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

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.

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

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

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

This movie was extremely boring.

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

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

The sex scene was pointless.

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

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

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

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.

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

The film was an entire waste of time.

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

A very enjoyable movie.

DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!

Bland.

As Unpredictable as the Weather .

Worst movie I've seen in years .

Wholey pessimistic, yet somehow profound and engaging .

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.

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

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

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

Interesting, yet pointless...

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 be prepared to walk out feeling empty.

Was it entertaining....

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

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.

A Pointless Waste of Time .

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.

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

There are some moments of comedy and they are enjoyable.

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

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.

An unexpected gem .

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

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

" 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 decent film that's fairly funny at times but overall a bit boring.

Utter waste of time.

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).