Snow Day (film)

Snow Day is a 2000 American comedy film, directed by Chris Koch and produced by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. It premiered on January 29, 2000, and was theatrically released on February 11, 2000. The film was met with generally negative reviews, but was a box office success, and also Hoku's "Another Dumb Blonde" became her biggest chart smash of her career. It was released on home video on October 3, 2000, and re-released on September 26, 2017.

Snow Day
Theatrical release poster
Directed byChris Koch
Produced by
Written by
Starring
Music bySteve Bartek
CinematographyRobbie Greenberg
Edited byDavid Finfer
Production
company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • January 29, 2000 (2000-01-29)
(premiere)
  • February 11, 2000 (2000-02-11)
(wide release)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$13 million
Box office$62.5 million

Plot

The film opens with a narration by Hal Brandston, (Mark Webber) explaining how a snowflake is formed. The film changes to a news reporter, Tom Brandston, (Chevy Chase) giving the weather report before walking away backstage, annoyed with his job, before seeing another reporter, Chad Symmonz, (John Schneider) who tries to be better than Tom, giving a false report on a forecast. This makes Tom resent him even further. The film then changes to Hal, trying to get noticed by Claire Bonner, (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a girl that he really likes. After he slips and falls in the water, Hal notices Claire's ankle bracelet, with a whale insignia, at the bottom. He swims over and grabs it, wanting to return it to her, but he expresses that he is too shy to talk to her. The film then changes focus to a group of elementary school students, led by Hal's sister, Natalie (Zena Grey), who wants to have a snow day. She hits her school's principal, Principal Weaver, with a snowball, and wanting to know who hit him, he holds up a radio, while cheering that there is no snow coming. (This becomes a running gag, literally, where he gets hit with numerous snowballs by unseen kids and gets no help from the onlookers). When she wishes for it to snow that night, Tom notices a huge snow storm that will happen overnight, proving Chad's forecast wrong.

Waking up the next morning, Natalie notices snow all over town, and all the kids cheer, after their school is announced to be closed for a snow day. Right before she goes outside, Natalie notices a mean snowplow driver, who the kids call "Snowplow Man" (Chris Elliott) from plowing the streets. Meanwhile, Hal tries to win the heart of Claire, while still trying to return her bracelet, with the help of his best friend, Lane Leonard (Schuyler Fisk), who secretly harbors feelings for him. Also, Hal and Natalie's workaholic mother, Laura Brandston (Jean Smart), is stuck at home with their mischievous brother, Randy, who is bored to death, and wants to go play in the snow. Eventually, Natalie and her friends, Wayne (Josh Peck) and Chet (Jade Yorker), build an igloo, but it is quickly destroyed by Snowplow Man, who gets revenge on them for hitting him with a snowball. They eventually come up with a plan to take over the plow and move all the snow back in the streets, by having ketchup poured all over Wayne, who pretends to be dead. As Snowplow Man checks out the scene, Natalie and Chet steal his bird, Trudy, so Snowplow Man kidnaps Wayne, wanting an exchange for his bird. After he refuses to give them an extra snow day, but still returning Wayne and the bird, Natalie decides that extreme measures need to be taken. After trying to talk to Claire many times, even going to her house, only to see that everyone found out about her break-up with her mean and ill-tempered boyfriend, Chuck Wheeler, (David Paetkau), Hal decides to see how things end up between them. He and Claire share a look after she and Chuck ride away on Chuck's jet ski. Hal decides to try another way of getting her attention, by going to the skating rink, and Lane lures the radio announcer (Iggy Pop), into the bathroom.

Hal takes advantage of the radio and talks to Claire, in front of everyone, and Chuck, who views Hal as a target for his "House Of Pain". (Which is just having his friends beat Hal up, and it is revealed that Chuck knows nothing about Claire). Later, Hal tries again to get Claire's attention by making a whale-shaped figure in the snow with a shovel. Chuck finds him though, while following Claire, and tries to attack Hal, but he reveals he is not afraid of him. Hal runs and jumps on Chuck's jet ski, riding away into the woods, with Chuck and his followers gaining on him. But Chuck is quickly outsmarted and lands in a kid's snowman. Later, Tom is reporting at an ice-sculpting contest, and notices a statue of Chad, which infuriates him so much, he tries to take a kids' ice pick, intending on destroying the statue. But, when it falls, Chad begins humiliating Tom, so Tom tries asking Chad where snow comes from. Chad, trying to save himself, slowly ends up revealing that he is a fraud. the crowd calls him a loser, and he leaves for good, after the crowd cheers Tom's name, bringing his career back up. That night, Natalie and Chet reveal that they gathered all the kids in town to confront Snowplow Man, as he makes his way to the last snow covered street. They all tie him up, and he insults them after they laugh at him. Chet starts singing the Snowplow Man's theme song about his plow, (Which he calls "Clementine"). They leave him tied up, as everyone goes to cover the roads. Knowing he is defeated, Snowplow Man accepts his fate, and calls to his bird. Later, Hal soon realizes out he loves Lane instead of Claire. He is even encouraged by Claire to go after her. After one last stand to Chuck, and almost being beaten senseless, Natalie plows right into Chuck, who gets covered in snow, unable to get up, and rescuing Hal in the process. Also, Hal finally admits to Lane that he loves her, and they share a kiss. Natalie is happy that her and her friends finally got a second snow day, and they drive the plow away. Laura takes the day off from work to look after Randy, even playing in the snow with him. Hal, Natalie, Lane, Randy, Laura, Tom, and Claire are finally happy with having found new paths in their lives. When Principal Weaver gets home, thinking he is safe, the kids (who somehow got into his house), hit him with a lot of snowballs as he cries in defeat and the film ends.

Cast

This is the first of two films to star both Josh Peck and Zena Grey, the other being Max Keeble's Big Move, released the following year.

Production

Snow Day was filmed in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, as well as Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta. Much of the outdoor snow scenes were filmed at the Bonnie Doon Park in Edmonton, which had recently had a do-over and offered a natural setting in an urban location. Which is now getting another makeover in the area. (Dec 2019)

It was originally set to be based on the television series The Adventures of Pete & Pete, but the idea was scrapped and it was rewritten as a stand-alone story.

Reception

Box office

The film opened at number three at the North American box office, making $14.3 million USD in its first weekend, behind The Beach and Scream 3, the latter of which was on its second week at the top spot. Snow Day was a box office success, earning $60,020,107 in its domestic run, and $62,464,731 worldwide.[1]

Critical response

The film received mostly negative reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives it an approval rating of 29%, based on 66 reviews, with an average score of 4.26/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Weak assembly of characters and story lines made this movie forgettable and silly."[2] Metacritic gives it a score of 34 out of 100, based on reviews from 22 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews."[3]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called it "An uninspired assembly of characters and story lines that interrupt one another." Aside from the film itself Ebert also complained "What a thoughtless place is Hollywood, and what talent it must feel free to waste" noting that Pam Grier had been relegated to another lousy role after her wonderful performance in Jackie Brown.[4] Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman wrote "Even Snow Day's winter wonderland looks fake," and gave the film a grade F.[5]

Accolades

YearAwardCategoryRecipientsResult
2000 YoungStar Awards Best Young Actor/Performance in a Motion Picture Comedy Mark Webber Nominated
2001 Young Artist Awards Best Family Feature Film - Comedy Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or Under Connor Matheus Nominated
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Song from a Movie (Internet Only) Another Dumb Blonde performed by Hoku Nominated

Soundtrack

The film's soundtrack peaked at number 183 on the Billboard 200 chart.[6]

Snow Day: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedFebruary 8, 2000 (2000-02-08)
Recorded1999
Length41:16
LabelGeffen Records
ProducerVarious artists
Singles from Snow Day: Music from the Motion Picture
  1. "Another Dumb Blonde"
    Released: January 18, 2000 (2000-01-18)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[7]
No.TitleWriter(s)Performed byLength
1."Another Dumb Blonde"Antonina Armato, Tim JamesHoku3:49
2."My Heart's Saying Now"Paul Barry, Mark TaylorJordan Knight3:50
3."The Reason Why"Arnthor Birgisson, Patrick TuckerLFO3:46
4."Still"Dave Deviller, Sean Hosein, Justin Jeffre, Drew Lachey, Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons98 Degrees4:00
5."Picture of You"Andrew Watkins, Paul Wilson, Eliot Kennedy, Ronan KeatingBoyzone3:25
6."Lifetime Affair"Danny O'Donoghue, Terry Daly, Wanya Morris, Mark SheehanMytown4:35
7."There She Goes"Lee MaversSixpence None the Richer2:41
8."Come On Come On"Greg Camp, Steve HarwellSmash Mouth2:32
9."Say You Love Me (Radio Edit)"Sherree Ford-Payne, Rhett Lawrence, BeBe WinansDina Carroll3:13
10."Wasting My Life"Ariel RechtshaidThe Hippos2:39
11."Noise Brigade"Dicky Barrett, Dennis Brockenborough, Joe GittlemanThe Mighty Mighty Bosstones2:14
12."Waiting for a Girl Like You"Lou Gramm, Mick JonesForeigner4:32
Total length:41:16

The following songs were included in the film but not featured on the soundtrack:

References

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