Weather Man, The (2005, USA) C-102m. *** D: Gore Verbinski. Starring Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine, Hope Davis, Gemmenne de la Pena, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Rispoli, Gil Bellows. Cage plays the title character, a Chicago TV celebrity, whose life is anything but a success. He is separated from his family, his kids get into trouble without him realizing it, his father, a highly successful novelist, is about to die, and people keep throwing things at him from their cars. Slightly downbeat but telling, keenly observed character study buoyed by Cage's terrific performance and Hans Zimmer's excellent score. Screenplay by Steve Conrad contains some bitter truths. Recommended viewing.

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