• Review Date: January 23, 2006
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

What parents need to know

Violence & scariness

Mild comic peril.

Sexy stuff

Some teen kisses.

Language

Mild playground language and potty humor

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know there is some potty humor and some mild schoolyard language. Kids do some unwise and even dangerous things, like confronting an adult, pelting the principal with snowballs, rigging a show shelter with electricity, and driving a snowplow. But it's clear that the movie is a fantasy.

What's the story?

One snow day in particular changes the lives of all five members of the Brandston family. The father (Chevy Chase) is a TV weatherman who is humiliated because he has to dress in silly outfits to try to get better ratings than his handsome but unethical rival. The mother (Jean Smart) loves her family, but is preoccupied with an important project at work. Teenage son Hal is in love with the most beautiful girl in school. His sister Nat has a dream -- defeating the enemy of the snow day, Snowplow Man (Chris Elliot), so the kids can stay home an extra day. And their little brother Randy just wants to have some fun with his mom.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

This engaging kid-eye view of "the real winter miracle" is good family fun. It has something for both littler and bigger kids and is very endurable for parents. The theme of SNOW DAY is that "anything can happen on a snow day," and it does a good job of evoking the magic of waking up to find the world soft, white, and new, and all normal rules and obligations suspended.

One nice thing about the movie is that it shows us a believably harried but genuinely kind and loving family. Nat and Hal have a real sense of commitment and teamwork and the mother may be caught up in her big project, but it is clear that she loves her family very much. And it is very nice to see Chevy Chase in a more low-key and genuine role. Another nice thing is that it shows us that sometimes what we think we want isn't what we want after all, and that something better might be right in front of us.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about taking risks and setting priorities -- and about what kind of music is best for ice skating and what kinds of snowballs are the best for a snowball fight!

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 11, 2000
DVD release date:October 3, 2000
Cast:Chevy Chase, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Pam Grier
Director:Chris Koch
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Book characters
Run time:89 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:brief mild peril and language

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Adult Written bydvdqueen March 21, 2012

cool movie!

cool movie i liked it nice
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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

a GREAT snow day movie!

i lovelovelovelove this movie. its funny, but the truckdriver guy in the movie is like reALLLY evil so he might scare the younger ones. but overall this is an awesome movie and you should watch it!!! o yeah.... theres some teen crushes too but nothing to worry about :)
Parent Written byCooldee May 30, 2010

I love it when school gets cancled!

I seen ''Snow Days,'' and I loved it! I recommand this movie to watch around Thanksgiving, Christmas, snow days, and during the summer.
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