The Weather Man Reviews
We get a vague movie that a few successful but chronically dissatisfied men will be able to call their own. The rest of us will see the film for what it is: a long, cold mumble from the heart.
What The Weather Man needed was a change in its weather -- a certain kind of humor, to be precise, something like the deadpan but human satire of Alexander Payne's About Schmidt.
The film has the insistent persona of an ambitious college student who desperately expects an A but must settle for a lesser letter. Nevertheless, a fine cast guarantees good moments.
Succeeds where so few Hollywood movies even venture - it builds a believable life, adds just enough nervous laughter to relieve the realistic tension, and constantly escapes the dumbed-down expectations beaten into us by lesser films.
David is pathetic, something that fans of Cage's macho adventures might have trouble accepting. But he's intriguingly pathetic, a state that raises some interesting issues.