Weather Man, The

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -4

In this tragedy masked as a comedy, the personal life of disgruntled Chicago weather man Dave Spritz (Nicolas Cage) is unraveling. Separated from his wife, he tries desperately and unsuccessfully to connect with his children. His only hope is to land a lucrative job on the nationally syndicated TV show Hello America hosted by Bryant Gumbel. But as a weather man, he gets little respect from others, evidenced when people throw food at him from passing cars. To make matters worse, he feels like a disappointment to his Pulitzer Prize winning father (Michael Caine), who is sadly diagnosed with lymphoma and has little time to live. Believing success in broadcasting will lead to personal success, Spritz auditions as the weather man for the popular TV show while there is a crisis at home. He learns a brutal lesson that life can be unpredictable, much like the weather he forecasts.

Spritz receives little affirmation from his father to indicate anything other than he is a disappointment. Suffering with a broken marriage, he finds his kids in crisis with stealing, drug use and smoking. His son is also the victim of a sexual predator, which is especially disturbing. Spritz wants desperately to reconcile with his wife and yet ends up in bed engaging in sex with a woman he meets at a carnival. Such women are the perks of his job, he says. The onslaught of crude and obscene language is unbearable. While his family is in the midst of destruction, his biggest concern is landing a job on a nationally syndicated show. While in New York interviewing, he receives news that his son has been molested by a male drug counselor. Unbelievably, Spritz decides to stay in New York to complete the interview process. Hollywood shows its disdain for the family in this tragic movie. The Weather Man is a Category 5 disaster.

Preview Reviewer: Henry J. Rogers

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (9) times strong (-sshole 8, b-tch 1)

Obscene Language: Many (75+) times moderate (s-ck 3, BJ 2, d-ldo 6, j-rk off 1); strong (f-word 48, s-word 8, d-ck 3, p-ssy 1, c-nt 2, c-ck 1)

Profanity: Few (2) times strong (GD 2)

Violence: Several times moderate (man hit by objects thrown from cars, man beats another man who molested his son, man and woman argue which scares the children)

Sex: Few times strong (man and woman have sex on bed with woman on top)

Nudity: Few times moderate (woman exposes breasts, tight pants on six women show the outline of their genitals through the pants)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times moderate (man admits in group therapy that he likes to look at pornography; man talk about perks of being a celebrity, which includes having sex with women; man looks at a womans bottom and says he wishes he could put his face there); strong grandfather and father talk about his daughters tight pants, which outline her genitals, referring to it as a camel toe; woman tells her ex-husband that she never liked having his c-ck in her mouth with their 12 year-old daughter standing in the doorway listening; man tells teen boy to take off his shirt so he can get pictures of his muscles; it is reported that man tried to have unconventional sex with teen boy)

Drugs: Several times mild (12-year-old girl buys cigarettes and smokes, alcohol consumption by man)

Other: None

Running Time: 102 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

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