So, this was Josh Peck's first film, and Zena Grey is in the cast too. She and Josh starred together in my favourite school movie a year ago, Max Keeble's Big Move. I wasn't expecting it to be as good as that movie, and it isn't. But it is pretty much just as influential.
Before one fine day, there was no snow on the ground and it was Winter. The main theme of the film is that "anything can happen on a snow day." And one is going to change a family forever. Natalie, played by Zena, dreams about a legend: a second snow day, which the snow plow man always stops because, well, he clears the roads. The bigger bother, Hal, sees the day off as an opportunity to bond with the most popular girl in school that he knows everything about yet he's invisible. The father is a broadcaster on Weather News and is up against a more loved one. And the mom is busy and is trying to use this Snow Day to give a boost to her company while having to take care of the baby of the house who just wants to play. And nothing is really as it seems as this movie transitions between four different situations.
I didn't really enjoy the movie at first, but the more I thought about it, the more I seemed to admire it. One thing is that it's honest and thought provoking. First off, the snow plow man is portrayed as someone with nasty teeth and who enjoys making kids run off the road with him in hot pursuit. Is the snow plow man the person who stops second snow days? I thought about that every time he was on screen and concluded, "Yeah." It's true, parents getting to work safely is an invisible fact, but a snow day is the only time when kids can miss school and not be punished. Will they be expelled from school like parents get fired from more important work? No.
Also, there isn't a love triangle at first and I actually wanted one, but then there sort of is and I liked how it decided to take a different course I thought it would take. Another good example for this movie compensating for it's flaws in Act Three is a scene that starts badly and ends happily with the mother. The truth is, this movie doesn't have as much energy as I wanted it to, and I think the actor who played Hal looked a little too wan. Also, the principal ends up being pelted with snowballs, and it's funny at first but then gets tired because unlike the snow plow man, there isn't any reasoning shown behind him being messed with, but I'm recommending this movie because as sad as it is, kids in this movie and in real life, don't care about wars or people being mistreated because of their skin colour and maybe never will. Something they do and will care about forever are snow days and the possibility of getting another one. And as I said, it compensates for most of his flaws unlike most films like this. A word of advice; the next time it's a snow day, I'm getting up early, and whoever is the snow plow man: Don't come by my street. You'll get ambushed. And don't blame me. I didn't make you the bad guy. The snow day did.