Flashback Review: Snow Day

Let’s go back to the year 2000, starting with one of the earliest films of the early 21st Century. Today’s review is about several character who celebrate a day off from school with a specific storyline involving children trying to prevent a snowplow we from scooping off the snow, a weatherman who’s struggling to achieve television ratings from a rival weatherman, and a teen who attempts to woo the girl of his dreams. What I’m actually talking about is the various plotlines from Nickelodeon’s Snow Day.

Snow Day was released in January. The month where stinkers are released like a bag of dog poop on fire. At the time of it’s release, Snow Day received negative reviews from critics, however, young movie goers like it. Despite negative results, it was also a modest box office success.

Cozy: Most of the kids actors including Josh Peck, (back when he was a fat kid) Zena Grey, who played Natalie, bears a striking resemblance to young Murph from Interstellar, all did a good job on their performances.

Fun Fact: Josh, & Zena went on to co-star as Max Keeble’s closet friends in Max Keeble’s Big Move.

Chevy Chase, (Clark Griswald from the Vacation movies) & Chris Elliot, (Robert Barone’s brother-in-law from Everybody Loves Raymond) both did an ok job on their performances.

Musician, Iggy Pop, makes a cameo appearance. To put the icing on the cake, he did a jab on Metallica.

The Film is told in multiple storylines, similar to Robert Altman’s work involving multiple plots connected in one movie.

Natalie’s wish was inspired by The Simpsons episode, “Bart Gets An F.” Are The Simpsons writing staff the same pregcogs from Minority Report who predict on what’s gonna happen in the future?

The Opening Scene reminded me of The Opening Scene from War Of The Worlds with Tom Cruise. Did Steven Spielberg or David Koepp, watch Snow Day with their kids? If so, I’ll give this movie an Extra Point for inspiring one of them to come up with War Of The World’s opening.

If you’re a fan of Stranger Things like me, Foreigner’s song, “I’ve Been Waiting For A Girl Like You,” is played in the background.

Most of the humor managed to give me a couple of chuckles.

A few fart jokes, made me laugh uncontrollably. I have a fascination of flatulence.

At one point, Natalie’s friends were playing Rugrats: The Search For Reptar on the PlayStation 1. (the original that started it all) Those were the good ol’ days 90’s Kids & 90’s Babies.

Uncomfortable: Jean Smart’s character Laura, is portrayed as a workaholic. In a family movie, it’s a cliche to depict a parent as a workaholic.

Product Placement featuring the following brands including, Sony, Ford, Homeycomb. I’ll give this flaw a pass, because I can’t find more brands to spot.

A one dimensional moronic bully who doesn’t have any redeeming qualities, plus he knows nothing about his ex-girlfriend from the past. Nobody does that in Real Life!

I wish I was making this up. One of the most bizarre scenes is when Natalie talks to her brother’s action figures who’ve somehow come to life. Did she somehow accidentally walked into the set of Requiem For A Dream and accidentally mistook some of Ellen Burstyn’s “props” for candy offscreen? If you remember that scene with Ellen’s character, Sarah Goldfarb, hallucinating that she’s on television. You probably know what I’m talking about. If this was real life, I would’ve flipped out like Sid from Toy Story!

The Final Verdict: B-

When I was kid, I liked it. As I got older, I’ve noticed a few flaws. Honestly, I actually enjoyed as an adult. If you have nothing to do during winter break, I recommend this movie for you and your family. Come on critics, it wasn’t THAT bad like Battlefield Earth or Rocky & Bullwinkle.

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