WEATHER GIRL

 
Director: Blayne Weaver
Writer: Blayne Weaver
Cast: Tricia O’Kelley, Ryan Devlin, Mark Harmon, Kaitlin Olson, Blair Underwood, Jane Lynch and Jon Cryer
Release Date: 07/10/09
 
A Seattle weather girl flips out on a morning news show when she discovers that her boyfriend, the morning anchor, has been cheating. Forced to move in with her slacker brother, she has to cope with being 35, single, unemployed, and infamous for being the Sassy Weather Girl who lost it on live television.
 
Weather Girl doesn’t aspire to be much more than a slight romantic comedy, but Tricia O’Kelley (who also produced) brings a sharp, biting edge to the somewhat predictable plot that keeps it from feeling too sappy. Sylvia moves in with younger brother Walt (Ryan Devlin) and soon finds herself attracted to Walt’s best friend, Byron (Patrick J. Adams), who lives across the hall but seems to be perpetually in Walt’s apartment. Byron’s younger than Sylvia, though, so even though there are sparks flying between them, she deems him unsuitable for anything beyond a sexual dalliance. This is fine with Byron at first, but … well, you can guess what happens once these kids start connecting.
 
Weather Girl is looking to explore larger issues around women past their early 30s begin to be perceived as running out of time, both in careers and relationships. Faced at the age of 35 with having completely start her life over at a time when YouTube has made her outburst about Dale’s affair fodder for public amusement and mockery (and, in the process, made a mockery of any serious job prospects for her), Sylvia’s at first at a complete loss for how to move forward. A date with a dorky accountant (Jon Cryer) pretty much lays out Sylvia’s situation: she’s past the age of being able to afford to be too picky, and her life has now been reduced to the possibility of considering a business-like relationship with guys like this.

Eventually the film breaks down into a simplistic dichotomy as Sylvia is forced to choose between, on the one hand, her rich ex-boyfriend and a chance to return to her old morning news show and, on the other, her true (if poverty-stricken) love, Byron, and continued unemployment. The film obviously regards its lead actress as a clever, soulful character (the screenplay rather insists upon it) who stands to redeem herself by choosing the proper set of values and asserting herself as a “woman” and not a mere “weather girl.”

In the end, Weather Girl  is the film that I expected. It’s a rather by the numbers and boring comedy. But, it works for what it is. If you manage to find it at a theater near you, don’t go out of your way to see it. It’s a boring afternoon kind of movie and a possible future rental. 

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