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Snow Day
Snowday
Directed by: Chris Koch
Produced by: Albie Hecht
Julia Pistor
Written by: Will McRobb
Chris Viscardi
Music by: Steve Bartek
Editing by: David Finfer
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release date: February 11, 2000
Running time: 89 minutes
Film rating: Pg rating
IMDb profile
A70-6663

Theatrical release poster

Snow Day is a 2000 American comedy film by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. It was originally planned to be a movie based on The Adventures of Pete & Pete, but this idea was aborted and the film was rewritten as a stand-alone story.

Plot

The film focuses on a group of elementary students in Syracuse, New York, led by Natalie Brandston (Zena Grey), who get a snow day, and try to keep their school snowed-in and closed by stopping a snow plow driver known as "Snowplow man" (Chris Elliott) from plowing the streets. Meanwhile, her older brother Hal (Mark Webber) tries to win the heart of high school sweetheart Claire Bonner (Emmanuelle Chriqui), with the help of his best friend, Lane Leonard (Schuyler Fisk). Also, their dad Tom Brandston (Chevy Chase) is a TV meteorologist who must face off against a rival meteorologist, Chad Symmonz (John Schneider), in order to have the right of continuing his weather career. Laura (Jean Smart), the workaholic mother, is stuck at home with Randy, her mischievous son.

Eventually, Natalie and her friends (Josh Peck, Jade Yorker) take over the plow and "unplow" the streets by moving all the snow back in the way). After endless love demonstrations, Hal finds out he, in fact, loves Lane. Tom unmasks Chad on live TV, showing the viewers he is fake, winning his status back. And Laura takes the day off from work to look after Randy.

Cast

  • Chris Elliott as Roger the Snowplowman
  • Mark Webber as Hal Brandston
  • Jean Smart as Laura Brandston
  • Schuyler Fisk as Lane Leonard
  • Iggy Pop as Mr. Zellweger
  • Pam Grier as Tina
  • John Schneider as Chad Symmonz
  • Chevy Chase as Tom Brandston
  • Zena Grey as Natalie Brandston
  • Josh Peck as Wayne Alworth
  • Jade Yorker as Chet Felker
  • Damian Young as Principal Ken Weaver
  • Connor Matheus as Randy Brandston
  • J. Adam Brown as Bill Korn
  • Emmanuelle Chriqui as Claire Bonner

Production

It was filmed in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, as well as Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta.

Box office

The film opened at #3 at the North American box office making $14.3 million USD in its opening weekend behind The Beach and Scream 3, which was on its second week at the top spot. It was a modest box office success, earning $60,020,107 in its domestic run and has grossed $62,464,731 worldwide.[1]

Reception

It received mostly negative reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a "Rotten" rating of 28% based on 65 reviews, with and average score of 4.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Weak assembly of characters and story lines made this movie forgettable and silly."[2] Metacritic gave the film a score of 34% based on 22 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[3]

Home video

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Home video poster

Cover Format Released
51DQ2VGRWCL VHS October 3, 2000
Snow Day DVD DVD October 3, 2000
The movie is presented in widescreen.

References

  1. Snow Day (2000) - Box Office Mojo.
  2. Snow Day (2000). Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 11 December 2012.
  3. Snow Day Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More - Metacritic. Retrieved on 11 December 2012.

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