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'Snow Day'

By Desson Howe
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, February 11, 2000


    'Snow Day' Chevy Chase plays a weatherman in "Snow Day." (Paramount)
This family picture's greatest asset is its unthawable innocuousness. There's little here to offend anyone, and even less here to excite anyone. Basically, snow has forced the people of Syracuse to stay home. The kids love it. Parents hate it. And 15-year-old Hal Brandston (Mark Webber) uses this occasion to chase the object of his fancy, the beautiful, unreachable Claire Bonner (Emmanuelle Chriqui). But it's clear that the real love of his life is his friend Lane (Schuyler Fisk), who understands him so well.

Wacky Chris Elliot plays the ominous driver of the local snowplow who lives to ruin the lives of children by cleaning the roads. But Elliott's offbeat edge is completely smoothed over for this movie, so he's somewhat underemployed. Speaking of underemployed, you know something's amiss when Chevy Chase (as an underappreciated TV weatherman and well-meaning patriarch of the Brandstons) completely reins in his funniness. Not even one little quip, Chevy?

Snow Day (PG, 90 minutes) Contains little objectionable except the sight of a portly kid's longjohns, minor sexual implications and ferocious snowballing.

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