The movie has basically 4 different story lines. In the main story line, Hal Brandston (Mark Webber) is in love with the ultimate girl in high school, Claire Bonner (Emmanuelle Chriqui, whose exotic looks match her name). Hal enlists the help of his best female friend Lane (Schuyler Fisk) to try and win Claire over. Claire's ex-boyfriend may have something to say about all of this. From the start you could see how this was all going to end up. Let's just say that when the best friend is a girl, you can tell that maybe she doesn't want to be just friends. The moral of the story, sometimes what you really want in life, is right in front of your eyes, it just takes you a while to see it. The problem with this story line is that it slows down the movie. While the rest of the film is upbeat and at least trying to be comedic, this story is more romantic. I think that this story line, especially the use of Claire and her hard... assets shall we say, is aimed at bringing in that 13-18 year old crowd. If she can pick up her acting abilities, she may have a future in front of her.
The second story line revolves around Hal's little sister, the extremely cute Natalie (Zena Grey). Every time there is a snow storm in Syracuse, the kids only get one day of school off. This is because there is a maniacal snow plow man (Chris Elliott) who plows the streets clean as soon as possible. Natalie and her friends decide that this year they're going to stop him and make sure they get a second day off. So between the kidnappings and the beating of snow plow man, they get their way. The moral of this story line appears to be if you don't like the way someone does his job, and it interferes with your happiness, beat the crap out of him and steal his truck. Zena Grey is awfully cute, and if it wasn't for her, I don't think this movie would have been the same. But I didn't like the fact that the story line seems to say that it's OK to beat up people if you don't like what they're doing. The kids beat up snow plow man, tie him up, and steal his truck. The kids in the crowd found it all pretty funny, but I'm not sure that's the right message to be sending to them. However, from an entertainment point of view, it was certainly entertaining.
The third story line, which was more of a secondary story line, centered around Hal and Natalie's father Tom (Chevy Chase). Tom is a local weatherman on the 3rd highest rated station in a 3 station town. He hates the fact that he has to wear grass skirts and snowman outfits to try and get ratings, when the number one guy in town doesn't know anything about the weather. So he tries his best to screw the other guy over, and in the end succeeds. The moral of this story line is, if someone is better than you, instead of trying to do better yourself, screw over the other guy. However, when was the last time Chevy Chase was funny?
The last and least story line centered around Hal and Natalie's mom, Laura (Jean Smart). She's a business woman who spends more time on her job than with her family. So, as you can all probably guess, she works and works and finally at the end comes around and plays in the snow with her youngest kid, rather than take an important phone call from work. I never understood why it was always at the most crucial business time that filmmakers make these people come around. So the moral of this story is, play with your kids.
Overall Snow Day isn't for anyone over 15. The humor (including the numerous fart jokes) is definitely for the younger crowd. I'm not so sure the messages the movie sends are all that good for kids, but as long as parents tell their kids that this is a movie and not real life, hopefully we won't have a bunch of 10 year old stoning a man and stealing his truck. And if you are over 15, you might want to go just to check out Emmanuelle, she's definitely worth it. And speaking of attractive women, visit the all new Picture Gallery for great photos of your favorite female celebrities.
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