Snow Day

Snow Day

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Director: Chris Koch

Cast: Chris Elliott, Mark Webber, Jean Smart

     
 

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It's the day children dream of and parents dread: a sudden snowstorm causes the cancellation of school, giving kids a day off and their folks one more thing to worry about. Snow Day traces what happens in an upstate New York town when a thick layer of white stuff forces local schools to take a day off. Fifteen-year-old Hal Brandston (See more details below

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It's the day children dream of and parents dread: a sudden snowstorm causes the cancellation of school, giving kids a day off and their folks one more thing to worry about. Snow Day traces what happens in an upstate New York town when a thick layer of white stuff forces local schools to take a day off. Fifteen-year-old Hal Brandston (Mark Webber) is crazy about Claire Bonner (Emmanuelle Chriqui), the prettiest girl in his tenth-grade class, who already has a boyfriend -- the class jock and BMOC. Will the magical powers of Snow Day give Hal a chance to win her away? Meanwhile, Hal's ten-year-old sister, Natalie (Zena Grey), is having so much fun with Snow Day that she doesn't want it to end, so she makes sure the Snow Plow Man (Chris Elliott) can't get the roads cleared before morning. Four-year-old Randy Brandston (Connor Matheus) is all cranked up and ready to enjoy life on a day with no day care -- bad news for his mom, Laura (Jean Smart), a businesswoman who has to close an important deal. And weather is a sore spot with father Tom Brandston (Chevy Chase); as the meteorologist at the lowest-rated TV station in town, he is trying in vain to get folks to pay attention to what he has to say about snow, rain, and the elements. Snow Day was produced by Nickelodeon Movies, the feature-film branch of the children's television network, and its eclectic cast also includes Pam Grier, John Schneider, and Iggy Pop.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
For those who live in the Sun Belt, a snow day is that miraculous event in which blizzards and snowdrifts close schools and afford children a precious day off. As one character notes here, anything can happen on a snow day. And for the Brandston family, it does. Ratings-impaired weatherman Tom Brandston (Chevy Chase), his workaholic wife Laura (Jean Smart), lovestruck teenage son Hal (Mark Webber), and plucky younger daughter Natalie (Zena Gray), who is determined to stop the dreaded Snowplow Man (Chris Elliot in the role he was born to play) from clearing the streets. Nickelodeon produced this PG-rated comedy, so expect plenty of slapstick, mild crudities, and adult bashing. The school's snow-hating principal takes some particularly frosty abuse. Among this film's quirky pleasures is the casting of proto-punk Iggy Pop as an ice-rink deejay who spins Al Martino records. No matter the season, Snow Day offers viewers a mindless vacation for 90 carefree minutes.
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The premise of Snow Day is delightful, as anyone who grew up in a wintry environment can relate to the exquisite joy of having school canceled by a blizzard. The movie follows its much-repeated mantra "Anything can happen on a snow day" to all logical conclusions -- but that's what prevents it from continuing to resonate for viewers who've moved past the Nickelodeon age bracket. Clearly, any resemblance to reality is thrown out the window when a couple of ten-year-olds construct a massive fort full of serpentine tunnels, complete with a living space where they've set up a game system -- by 9:30 the morning after the winter's first snowfall. And a silly running joke involves the principal, a gangly goofball, never being out of range of a fusillade of pelted snowballs from unseen attackers. But reviewing the film for a realist is missing the point, and people at an age still eligible for snow days may find this Snow Day an enjoyable enough diversion. Chris Elliott submits a deliciously nasty, rotted-tooth turn as a malevolent snow-plow driver -- though only in the world of this film could a public servant just trying to clear the roads be so vilified. The movie smartly follows a handful of characters throughout their day's activities, making it kind of a preteen Robert Altman movie. But some plots just grow tiresome, such as the relentless campaign carried off by Hal (Mark Webber) to win over the school's hottie snob, when the girl who's really right for him (Schuyler Fisk) is just under his nose. Still, any time one thing starts to sputter, it's nothing that a little ice sculpting or a snowmobile chase can't fix.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2000
UPC:
0097363366423
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris Elliott Snowplowman
Mark Webber Hal Brandston
Jean Smart Laura Brandston
Schuyler Fisk Lane Leonard
Iggy Pop Mr. Zellweger
Pam Grier Tina
Chevy Chase Tom Brandston
John Schneider Chad Symmonz
Zena Grey Natalie Brandston
Emmanuelle Chriqui Claire Bonner
David Paetkau Chuck Wheeler
Jade Yorker Chet Felker
Connor Matheus Randy Brandston
Josh Peck Wayne Alworth
J. Adam Brown Bill Korn
Katherine Heigl Actor
Katharine Isabelle Actor

Technical Credits
Chris Koch Director
Mary Gail Artz Casting
Steve Bartek Score Composer
Garrell Clark Sound/Sound Designer
Barbara Cohen Casting
Richard Cowan Asst. Director
David Finfer Editor
Grace Gilroy Co-producer
Robbie Greenberg Cinematographer
Albie Hecht Producer
David Kerwin Associate Producer
Carol Lavoie Set Decoration/Design
Leslie McDonald Production Designer
Will McRobb Co-producer,Screenwriter
Wendy Partridge Costumes/Costume Designer
Julia Pistor Producer
Ken Rempel Art Director
Chris Viscardi Co-producer,Screenwriter
Raymond Wagner Executive Producer

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