Paramount is selling The Weather Man as light, wacky, and uplifting, when in truth it's brooding, dark, and contemplative -- a reluctant comedy about failure and fear, about living up to expectations and letting down loved ones. There is redemption somewhere in here, even the suggestion that success will not completely elude weatherman Dave Spritz (Nicolas Cage), but writer Steve Conrad and director Gore Verbinski are less interested in peeks of sunshine than in downpours. Dave's a regret in the lives of those who know and have tried to love him, from his father (Michael Caine), to his wife (Hope Davis), to his son (Nicholas Hoult) and daughter (Gemmenne de la Pena). Cage rolls into the type of role he's played in such films as Leaving Las Vegas, The Family Man, and Adaptation, and finds the perfect balance -- between hope and give-up, between believing it will all work out and knowing it won't, and accepting it nonetheless. Dave is the smallest role Cage has ever played: the below-average man.
Director: Gore Verbinski
Writer: Steve Conrad
Producer: Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch and David Alper
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Hope Davis, Michael Caine, Gemmenne de la Pena, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Rispoli, Judith McConnell, David Darlow, Mike Bacarella and Gil Bellows