Snow Day

on February 11, 2000 by Christine James
   The juvenile "Snow Day" is a slush of "Some Kind of Wonderful" sans chemistry crossed with a dumbed-down episode of "The Adventures of Pete and Pete." When a windfall downfall of propitious precipitation closes a town's school, the local children joyfully aim to make the most of their Snow Day. Teenaged Hal (Mark Webber) enlists gal-pal Lane (Schuyler Fisk) to help him win the affections of the perfect, elite Claire (Emmanuelle Chriqui), oblivious to his friend's romantic feelings for him. Meanwhile, younger sister Natalie (Michelle Trachtenberg-alike Zena Grey) takes it upon herself to lead an attack against the evil Snowplowman (Chris Elliott), whose escapades in terrorizing children and, worse, clearing the roads, thus eliminating the possibility of additional Snow Days, have reached boogeymanesque mythos. And, presumably to keep the parents in the audience involved, there's an adult ephiphany plotline about realizing what's important in life (and not murdering your six-year-old when he wantonly ruins your business deals).
   A promisingly eclectic cast, including Elliott, Iggy Pop, Pam Grier, John Schneider and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas--misused all--cannot save a script that keeps desperately returning to the flatulent fat kid for dubious laughs.
   "Snow Day" is harmless (if mindless)--but as this movie points out, time off is precious, so why waste it watching sub-par silliness? Starring Chris Elliott, Mark Webber, Zena Grey, Chevy Chase and Jean Smart. Directed by Chris Koch. Written by Will McRobb & Chris Viscardi. Produced by Albie Hecht and Julia Pistor. A Paramount release. Comedy. Rated PG for brief mild peril and language. Running time: 88 min
Tags: Starring Chris Elliott, Mark Webber, Zena Grey, Chevy Chase, Jean Smart. Directed by Chris Koch. Written by Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi, Produced by Albie Hecht, Julia Pistor, Paramount, Comedy

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