Film: Snow Day

By the look of this poster, you would swear Chevy Chase's character is one of the bad guys.
Snow Day 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.

IMDb describes the 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:

  • 0% Approval Rating: That principal is one big moving target for all those kids.
  • Adults Are Useless: This is a Nickelodeon kids movie after all.
  • Affirmative Action Girl: Natalie
  • Butt Monkey: Just about everyone in the movie at one point, but most consistently, Principal Weaver, and Tom Brandston.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Lane
    • "It's like...Clairestock"
    • Stepford Snarker: Throughout the movie, Lane constantly criticizes Hal's efforts to win Claire's affections by making sarcastic remarks about his plans to win over Claire. However, it's clear she's only doing this because she's bitter that Hal doesn't feel the same way about her as she does about him.
  • 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.
  • 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...
    "The bird!"
    "The Wayne!"
    "The bird!"
    "The Wayne!"...
  • Chekhov's Gun: At first, it seems as if the jelly-filled snownut was enough to actually take out Snowplow Man... until 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 use some ritalin (either that, or a stun gun as Laura's coworker Wynonna points out). They do mature over the course of the day, however.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Lampshaded with Snowplow Man:
    Laura: 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
  • 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.
  • Only Sane Man: Lane and, to a lesser extent, Tom mostly act as the straight man (or woman) to the more crazy or idiotic people around them.
  • 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 pursuing her since her 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.
  • Product Placement: Chuck drives a Mustang, The Snow Plow Man destroys a car made by Plymouth, Randy fills a Puma shoe with ice, a Pepsi clock is seen in the background of the diner the teens hang out at in a lot of scenes, Hal mentions that Claire's favorite gum is Watermelon Bubblicious, and the kids play a Rugrats video game in their snow fort. Also, one of the popular girls wears a Kangol hat.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: The kids are seen as the good guys as they are awarded for their selfish desire to want another snow day by getting another snow day even though they tied up the snow plow man, left him for dead, and stole his truck in order to get their second snow day.
    • Hal, as he is pretty much a stalker, and, yet, were supposed to see him as a charming Adorkable guy who will learn that his real soulmate is his best friend, Lane, and not Claire, even though he acts like a villain in a Lifetime movie half the time (i.e. getting Claire's bracelet and sniffing it). It doesn't help that he narrates the movie.
  • 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.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Hal. He admits to counting the amount of times Claire blinks per second, he knows a lot about a girl he barely knows, He sniffs her whale bracelet when he gets a hold of it, and he has many behaviors that could count as downright stalking.
  • Stalking Is Love: When Hal, who she barely knows, tells Claire on the news that he knows everything about her, Claire doesn't find it creepy-she finds it romantic.
  • 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".