The Weather Man is a study into the kinetics of family, of expectations, of disappointment, of ambition. The monochromatic Chicago winter is the perfect backdrop to this man's life.
One scene in particular really wrenched my heart. Cage's character is shopping for clothes with his daughter, a sad, overweight adolescent girl who has a tendency to wear unflatteringly tight clothes. He has heard from his father that she has been called "camel toe" by kids at school. (If you're not familiar with this term, picture female genitalia in too tight pants and you get the picture, if ya know what I'm sayin)
So he asks her (and I'm paraphrasing here): "Do you ever get called names at school, like dummy, say, or camel toe?"
"Yeah", she says, "that one - camel toe".
"And do you know why they call you that?"
"Yes", she replies, "because camel toes are tough. They have to be to walk all those miles across that burning sand."
And while my heart broke for the poor deluded kid, I also knew that she was going to be okay. She thought of herself as tough, and that's 80% of the battle right there.
The Weather Man is not a fluffy feel-good comedy, nor is it a goofy slapstick; it's a thoughtful, beautiful little film. If you haven't seen it, do.
Speaking of videos, have any of you who bought Belle and Sebastian's The Life Pursuit got the version with the DVD? We watched it again this weekend and we firmly maintain that Stuart Murdoch dancing is the most adorable thing we have ever seen in our entire lives. A basket full of kittens pales by comparison.
Any opinions? What's cuter - Stuart dancing or kittens sleeping?