The basic premise is that "anything can happen on a snow day," as residents of Syracuse, NY, have a day off work and school after a sudden blizzard. The main plot threads: Teenager Hal (Webber) plots with his pals (Fisk and Brown) to win the heart of the school babe (Chriqui). Hal's weatherman dad (Chase) plots to get even with his ratings-stealing rival (Schneider). Hal's businesswoman mom (Smart) plots to work from home, despite the presence of the toddler from hell. And Hal's 10-year-old sister (Grey) plots to foil the snowplow man (Elliott) from clearing the streets, thereby achieving the legendary second snow day.
And so on. Yes, it's mindless and silly. And you know you're in trouble when Chevy Chase delivers the film's most hilarious and subtle performance. But it could have been so much worse (think Harriet the Spy) that I won't complain any more. Inoffensive, mildly funny, mercifully short. And not a Pokemon in sight.
[PG--themes, vulgarity] 17.Apr.00
US release 11.Feb.00; UK release 21.Apr.00
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