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by Erik Sean McGiven on Jul 31, 2009
"Weather Girl" is a frothy romantic comedy about a
"sassy weather girl" who has an on-air meltdown. On the Seattle morning TV show she reveals
that the show's anchor has cheated on her.
Tricia O'Kelly ("Gilmore Girls") plays weather girl Sylvia
Miller and after her career suicide finds herself with no job, no boyfriend,
and no apartment. With no savings, she
is forced to move in with her younger brother Walt, played by Ryan Devlin. He and his best friend, Byron (Patrick J.
Adams) suck as a support team and hinder her return to sanity. Attempting to cope at age 35, she relies on
her gal-buddies (Kaitlin Olson & Alex Kapp Horner) for advice. They set her up with an accountant (Jon
Cryer) who on their first date has their life together planned out down to the
number and sex of their children.
After a series of job interviews, which laughingly focus on
her meltdown, she has to take a job as a waitress working for restaurant owner
J.D played Jane Lynch. Driven into
despair she begins an unlikely romance with a younger man, her brother's best
friend. They promise each other it's
nothing more than a physical relationship, yet it slowly grows into a repressed
While predictable and lighthearted, "Weather Girl"
delivers with a fast moving scenario that always fun and entertaining. What makes it likeable is a cast that
polarizes the story and gives it emotional definition. Mark Harman ("NCIS") plays the
sleazy lecherous anchor whose persuasive powers seem as empty as his
teleprompter readings. It's a cardboard character, but well-done cardboard
character and even in his comeuppance scene he remains callous and despicable
as he attempts to rewrite the truth. Tricia
O'Kelley is the energy force in this film.
When her world comes tumbling down, she plays her role with spunk rather
than seeking piety. She could have
been much stronger were it not for her facial gyration, as it made it difficult
to grip what's going on inside.
The brother and his friend provide a disruptive counterpoint
to the Sylvia's aims, but they are too much alike in looks and attitude to make
a strong impact as individuals. The
insightful cameos by Jane Lynch, ("Two & a Half Men") Kaitlin
Olson ("Two & a Half Men") and Alex Kapp Horner ("The New
Adventures of Old Christine") bring the women's viewpoint to the story in
a comic and ironic way. They tell us
that marriage and a job, any job, any man is more important than a loving
relationship. Jon Cryer's ("Two
& a Half Men") brilliant portrayal of the anal-thinking accountant is
the catalyst that turns Sylvia away from any serious relationship to one that
is purely physical. Enrico Colantoni
cleverly plays the show's TV director, one who knows the potential of confrontational
television. You will like his choices in
choosing camera angles.
Production values are first rate. Shot on location in Seattle and Los Angeles,
the film has a beautiful sense of space, timing, and direction, a tribute to
writer/director Blayne Weaver. With
marquee television stars the film should play well in theatres but its best
home will likely be on the small screen where its prime demographic target
CREDITS: "Weather Girl" stars Tricia O'Kelley,
Patrick J. Adams, Ryan Devlin, Mark Harmon, Kaitlin Olson, Alex Kapp Horner,
Marin Hinkle, Jon Cryer, and Jane Lynch. Written and Directed by Blayne Weaver;
Produced by Steak House and Tricia O'Kelly; Cinematography by Brandon Trost;
Edited by Abe Levy; Production Design by Michael Fitzgerald; Art Direction by
Samson Kellman; Production Sound Mixer: George Flores; Costume design by Sarah
Trost; Key Makeup by Keri Ann Luevano, Original Music by Andrew Hollander. Running Time: 93 minutes.
January 21, 2019