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Snow Day (film)

Snow Day
File:Snow day poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Chris Koch
Produced by Albie Hecht
Julia Pistor
Written by Will McRobb
Chris Viscardi
Starring Zena Grey
Chevy Chase
Chris Elliott
Mark Webber
Schuyler Fisk
Jean Smart
Emmanuelle Chriqui
Narrated by Mark Webber
Music by Steve Bartek
Cinematography Robbie Greenberg
Edited by David Finfer
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
February 11, 2000 (2000-02-11)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $13 million
Box office $62,464,731

Snow Day is a 2000 American comedy film by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. It was released on February 11, 2000 and was met with generally negative reviews from film critics, but was a modest box office success. It was released on home video on October 3, 2000.


The film focuses on a group of elementary students in Syracuse, New York, led by Natalie Brandston (Zena Grey), who get a snow day, and try to keep their school snowed-in and closed by stopping a snowplow driver (Chris Elliott) from plowing the streets. Meanwhile, her older brother, Hal (Mark Webber), tries to win the heart of high school sweetheart, Claire Bonner (Emmanuelle Chriqui), with the help of his best friend, Lane Leonard (Schuyler Fisk), who secretly harbors feelings for him. Also, their dad, Tom (Chevy Chase), is a TV meteorologist who must face off against a rival one, Chad Symmonz (John Schneider), in order to have the right of continuing his career. Laura (Jean Smart), their workaholic mother, is stuck at home with Randy, her mischievous son.

Eventually, Natalie and her friends, Wayne (Josh Peck) and Chet (Jade Yorker), take over the plow and "unplow" the streets (move all the snow back in the way). After endless love demonstrations (and being rescued by Natalie), Hal finds out he, in fact, loves Lane. He is even encouraged by Claire to go after her. Tom unmasks Chad on live TV, showing the viewers that he is fake, winning his status back. And Laura takes the day off from work to look after Randy.



This is the first of two films to star both Josh Peck and Zena Grey, the other being Max Keeble's Big Move, released the following year.


It was filmed in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, as well as Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta. It was originally planned to be a movie based on the television series The Adventures of Pete & Pete, but this idea was aborted and the film was rewritten as a stand-alone story.


The film opened at #3 at the North American box office making $14.3 million USD in its opening weekend behind The Beach and Scream 3, which was on its second week at the top spot. It was a modest box office success, earning $60,020,107 in its domestic run and has grossed $62,464,731 worldwide.[1]

It received mostly negative reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a "Rotten" rating of 28% based on 65 reviews, with an average score of 4.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Weak assembly of characters and story lines made this movie forgettable and silly."[2] Metacritic gave the film a score of 34% based on 22 reviews, indicating "Generally unfavorable reviews".[3]


Year Award Category Winner/Nominee Result
2000 YoungStar Awards Best Young Actor/Performance in a Motion Picture Comedy Mark Webber Nominated
2001 Young Artist Awards Best Family Feature Film - Comedy Nominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or Under Connor Matheus Nominated
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Song from a Movie (Internet Only) Another Dumb Blonde performed by Hoku Nominated


Hoku's hit song, "Another Dumb Blonde", was featured in the film.


  1. ^ "Snow Day (2000) - Box Office Mojo". 
  2. ^ "Snow Day (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Snow Day Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More - Metacritic". Retrieved 11 December 2012. 

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