Snow Day (film)

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Snow Day
Snow day poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byChris Koch
Produced byAlbie Hecht
Julia Pistor
Written byWill McRobb
Chris Viscardi
StarringZena Grey
Chevy Chase
Chris Elliott
Mark Webber
Schuyler Fisk
Jean Smart
Emmanuelle Chriqui
Narrated byMark Webber
Music bySteve Bartek
CinematographyRobbie Greenberg
Edited byDavid Finfer
Production
company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release datesFebruary 11, 2000 (2000-02-11)
Running time89 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$13 million
Box office$62,464,731
 
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Snow Day
Snow day poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byChris Koch
Produced byAlbie Hecht
Julia Pistor
Written byWill McRobb
Chris Viscardi
StarringZena Grey
Chevy Chase
Chris Elliott
Mark Webber
Schuyler Fisk
Jean Smart
Emmanuelle Chriqui
Narrated byMark Webber
Music bySteve Bartek
CinematographyRobbie Greenberg
Edited byDavid Finfer
Production
company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release datesFebruary 11, 2000 (2000-02-11)
Running time89 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$13 million
Box office$62,464,731

Snow Day is a 2000 American comedy film by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. It was released on February 11, 2000 and was met with generally negative reviews from film critics, but was a modest box office success. It was released on home video on October 3, 2000.

Plot[edit]

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 snowplow driver (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), who secretly harbors feelings for him. Also, their dad, Tom (Chevy Chase), is a TV meteorologist who must face off against a rival one, Chad Symmonz (John Schneider), in order to have the right of continuing his career. Laura (Jean Smart), their workaholic mother, is stuck at home with Randy, her mischievous son.

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

Cast[edit]

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[edit]

It was filmed in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, as well as Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta. It was originally planned to be a movie based on the television series The Adventures of Pete & Pete, but this idea was aborted and the film was rewritten as a stand-alone story.

Box office[edit]

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[edit]

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 an 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]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWinner/NomineeResult
2000YoungStar AwardsBest Young Actor/Performance in a Motion Picture ComedyMark WebberNominated
2001Young Artist AwardsBest Family Feature Film - ComedyNominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or UnderConnor MatheusNominated
Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Song from a Movie (Internet Only)Another Dumb Blonde performed by HokuNominated

Music[edit]

Hoku's hit song, "Another Dumb Blonde", was featured in the film.

References[edit]

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

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