is a 2000 Nickelodeon
movie about... a snow day.
Or, more specifically, the crazy events that happen on one particular snow day. It was written by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi
describes to plot as this: "When an entire town in upstate New York
is closed down by an unexpected snowfall
, a "snow day" begins when a group of elementary school kids, led by Natalie Brandston, try to ensure that the schools stay closed by stopping a mechanical snowplow driver by trying to hijack his plow truck. Meanwhile, Natalie's big brother Hal is using this day to try to win the affections of Claire Bonner, the most popular girl in his high school, while Hal and Natalie's father Tom, a TV meteorologist, faces off against a rival meteorologist
for weather coverage of the day's events."
Tropes in this movie include:
- Adults Are Useless: This is a kids movie after all.
- Affirmative Action Girl: Natalie
- Billing Displacement: During the end titles, Iggy Pop is billed above a majority of the rest of the movie's central cast, despite really only having one glorified scene.
- Butt Monkey: Just about everyone in the movie at one point, but most consistently, Principal Weaver, and Tom Brandston.
- Deadpan Snarker: Lane
- Canada, Eh?: Despite being set in upstate New York, much of this movie was actually filmed in Alberta, Canada. You know, 'cause they got lots of snow up in Canada.
- The Cast Showoff: Schuyler Fisk (Lane) sings one of her original songs during the end titles.
- Catchphrase: "Welcome to the Chuck Whealer House of Pain!"
- Chain of Deals: After the kids kidnapped the antagonist Snowplower's pet bird, he takes one of their friends hostage. They agree to meet someplace in order to give back the hostages, but nobody can agree on who to release first...
- Chekhov's Gun: At first, it seems as if the jelly-filled snownut was enough to actually take out Snowplow Man... till he regains consciousness.
- Comic Trio: Natalie (Moe), Chet (Larry), and Wayne (Curly).
- Cool Big Bro: Natalie sees Hal this way, most of the time.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Oh, Hal.
- Dreaming of a White Christmas: Well, not exactly a White Christmas, but just snow for Natalie.
- Dysfunctional Family: Tom is the father working as an unsuccessful meteorologist at a local news station, Laura is the workaholic mother who is out of touch with her kids, Hal is the lovestruck and lovesick older brother who obsessively fawns over a girl he barely knows, Natalie is the feisty and adventurous younger sister who wants to save the world (one snow day at a time), and Randy is the bratty baby brother who could really some ritalin (either that, or a stun gun as Laura's coworker Wynonna points out).
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Lampshaded with Snowplow Man:
Oh, you must be the guy that the kids all call "Snowplow Man". Snowplow Man:
Yeah, well, the kids have a lot of different names for me. You can call me Roger
- Expy: Written by the creators of The Adventures of Pete & Pete as a potential feature film for the series, it instead got re-tooled as a standalone film yet fans of the show can clearly see who in the film is the spiritual successor to the characters on the show.
- First Girl Wins
- Genre Savvy:
- Snowplow Man inverts this and averts it at the same time - he sees past Wayne playing dead with ketchup all over his coat, yet it still offers him a distraction for him to dip the fries he's eating into the ketchup, while Natalie tries to swipe the keys from his plow, and Chet defaces it.
- During the snowmobile chase between Hal and Chuck and his goonies, one of the goonies tries to yank Hal off his snowmobile, while Chuck exclaims, "Man, I love this part!"
- Imagine Spot: Natalie may or may not have one, in which Hal's action figures come to life and convince her to continue with her efforts to defeat Snowplow Man.
- Jerkass: Chuck Whealer.
- Local Hangout: For the older kids, it's the local diner; Claire and her clique even have their own table at the front window.
- Ms. Fanservice: Claire. Half of the movie she is wearing a red swimsuit. In the middle of an upstate New York winter. Why? Because she's a diver.
- New York State
- Oblivious to Love: Hal in regards to his best friend. She eventually calls him out for ignoring her in favor of Claire.
- Plot Threads:
- First, we have Natalie, Chet, and Wayne, plotting to take Snowplow Man out of action, so that the kids of the neighborhood can obtain that coveted second snow day that they've never had before.
- Hal and his obsession over Claire, as he spends much of the entire movie persuing her since he breakup with her popular boyfriend, Chuck, all the while, poor Lane is dragged around everywhere he follows her.
- Tom desperately trying to prove himself to be a serious TV meteorologist, despite working for a struggling station that makes him wear ridiculous outfits for his forecasts in an attempt to boost ratings, because Chad Simmons of a rival network has the number one rating in town.
- Laura being a workaholic mother who's out-of-touch with her family, and it's actually somehow the snow day that brings her back closer to her family, such as engaging in a snowball fight with Randy.
- Principal Weaver constantly being pelted by a barrage of snowballs that seem to come out of nowhere; more of a Running Gag than anything.
- Running Gag: The jerk principal being pelted by a never-ending barrage of snowballs that come out of nowhere. For the entire day.
- Snowed-In: Taken to the logical extremes, but not extreme enough to keep people outside.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Just about everybody in this movie seems to love their french fries.
- Treehouse of Fun: More like Natalie, Chet, and Wayne's snowfort of awesomeness.
- Wrote the Book:
Principal Weaver: You kids wanna play rough? I invented rough!
- You Make Me Sic: "It's pronounced DOPP-ler radar, you moron".