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November 03, 2005

THE WEATHER MAN

COLE SMITHEY

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ColeSmithey.comPoor little wealthy Chicago television weatherman Dave Spritz (Nicholas Cage) mistakenly attempts to reunite with his wretched ex wife (Hope Davis) as he struggles with low self-esteem issues exacerbated by his uncaring father (Michael Caine).

Even the promise of a high-paying job with a national morning TV show doesn’t encourage Spritz when strangers are constantly throwing fast food at him and his children suffer humiliations he is incapable of protecting them from.

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Director Gore Verbinski ("Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl") is hamstrung to elevate newbee screenwriter Steven Conrad’s droning script.

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The story is a cynical yet apolitical vision of postmodern capitalist ennui. If you’ve never heard of a "living funeral," "The Weather Man" is an icy introduction to the concept.

Rated R. 102 mins.

2 Stars

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