Snow Day (2000)


Snow Day (2000)

When an entire town in upstate New York is closed down by an unexpected snowfall, a "snow day" begins when a group of elementary school kids, led by Natalie Brandston, try to ensure that the schools stay closed by stopping a mechanical snowplow driver by trying to hijack his plow truck. Meanwhile, Natalie's big brother Hal is using this day to try to win the affections of Claire Bonner, the most popular girl in his high school, while Hal and Natalie's father Tom, a TV meteorologist, faces off against a rival meteorologist for weather coverage of the day's events.
IMDb   5.1 /10
Metacritic   34 %
TheMovieDb    5.1 /10
RottenTomatoes  9.0 /10
FilmAffinity   3.7 /10
Director Chris Koch
Writer Will McRobb
Writer Chris Viscardi
Release Date2000-02-11
Runtime1h 29mins
GenreAdventure, Comedy, Family
Content RatingPG (PG)
Awards4 nominations.
CompanyMFF Feature Film Productions, New Faction Pictures, Nickelodeon Movies
Hal Brandston
Jean Smart
Jean Smart
Laura Brandston
Lane Leonard
Mr. Zellweger
Tom Brandston
Zena Grey
Zena Grey
Natalie Brandston
Wayne Alworth
Chet Felker
Principal Weaver
Randy Brandston

Snow Day (film)

Snow Day is a 2000 American comedy film, directed by Chris Koch and produced by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. It premiered on January 29, 2000, and was theatrically released on February 11, 2000, becoming the first film of the 2000s made by Paramount. It was met with generally negative reviews, but was a box office success, and Hoku's "Another Dumb Blonde" became the biggest chart smash of her career. It was released on home video on October 3, 2000, and re-released on September 26, 2017.


The film opens with a narration by Hal Brandston, (Mark Webber) explaining how a snowflake is formed. It changes to his father, a news reporter named Tom Brandston, (Chevy Chase) giving the weather report before walking away backstage, annoyed with his job, before seeing another reporter, Chad Symmonz, (John Schneider) who tries to be better than him, giving a false report on a forecast; this makes him resent Chad even further. The film then changes to Hal, trying to get noticed by Claire Bonner (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a girl that he really likes. After he slips and falls in a swimming pool, he notices her anklet, with a whale insignia, at the bottom. He swims over and grabs it, wanting to return it to her, but he expresses that he is too shy to talk to her. The film then changes focus to a group of elementary school students, led by Hal's sister, Natalie (Zena Grey), who wants to have a snow day. She hits the principal, Mr. Weaver, with a snowball. (This becomes a running gag, quite literally, where he gets hit with numerous snowballs by unseen kids and gets no help from onlookers). When she wishes for it to snow that night, Tom notices a huge snowstorm that will happen overnight, proving Chad's forecast wrong.

Waking up the next morning, Natalie notices snow all over town, and all the kids cheer, after their school is announced to be closed for a snow day (much to Mr. Weaver's dismay). Right before she goes outside, Natalie notices a mean snowplow driver, who the kids call "Snowplow Man" (Chris Elliott), plowing the streets. Meanwhile, Hal tries to win Claire's heart, while still trying to return her anklet, with the help of his best friend, Lane Leonard (Schuyler Fisk), who secretly harbors feelings for him. Back at home, his and Natalie's workaholic mother, Laura Brandston (Jean Smart), are stuck at home with their mischievous younger brother, Randy, who is bored to death and wants to go play in the snow.

Natalie and her friends, Wayne (Josh Peck) and Chet (Jade Yorker), build an igloo, but it is quickly destroyed by the Snowplow Man, who gets revenge on them for hitting him with a snowball. They eventually come up with a plan to take over the plow and move all the snow back in the streets so they could have a second snow day. They use Wayne as bait by pouring ketchup on him and having him pretending to be dead. As the Snowplow Man checks out the scene, Natalie and Chet steal his pet bird, Trudy, so he kidnaps Wayne, wanting an exchange for her. After he refuses to give them a second snow day, but still returning Wayne and Trudy, Natalie decides that extreme measures need to be taken.

After trying to talk to Claire many times, even going to her house, only to see that everyone found out about her break-up with her mean and ill-tempered boyfriend, Chuck Wheeler (David Paetkau), Hal decides to see how things end up between them. He and Claire share a look after she and Chuck ride away on his snowmobile. Hal decides to try another way of getting her attention—by going to the ice rink, and Lane lures the boring disc jockey (Iggy Pop) into the bathroom. Hal takes advantage of the stereo system and talks to Claire, in front of everyone, and Chuck, who views Hal as a target for his "House Of Pain". Later, Hal tries to get Claire's attention again by making a whale-shaped figure in the snow with a shovel (only to learn she likes zebras). Chuck finds him though, while following her, and tries to attack him, but he reveals he is not afraid of him. He runs and jumps on Chuck's snowmobile, riding away into the woods, with Chuck and his followers gaining on him. But Chuck is quickly outsmarted and lands into a soccer goal net.

Elsewhere, Tom is reporting at a snow sledding hill and at an ice-sculpting contest. After noticing a statue of Chad, which infuriates him so much, he tries to take the sculpting kid's ice pick, intending on destroying it. But when it falls, Chad begins humiliating Tom, so he tries asking him where snow comes from. Chad, trying to save himself, slowly ends up revealing that he is a fraud. The crowd calls him a loser, and he leaves for good, after the crowd cheers Tom's name, bringing his career back up.

That night, Natalie and Chet reveal that they gathered all the kids in town to confront the Snowplow Man, as he makes his way to the last snow covered street. Snowplow Man is overwhelmed by the kids as he is tied up, but he declares that he's already won since all the other streets have already been plowed. Natalie and Chet then reveal their intention to steal his snowplow and "un-plow" all the other streets. Later, Hal soon realizes he loves Lane instead of Claire; he is even encouraged by Claire to go after her. After one last stand to Chuck, and almost being beaten senseless, Natalie plows right into him, who gets covered in snow, unable to get out, and rescuing Hal in the process. Hal finally admits to Lane that he loves her and they share a kiss. Natalie is happy that she and her friends finally got a second snow day, and they drive the plow away. Laura takes the day off to look after Randy, even playing in the snow with him. Having found new paths in their lives, the Brandstons, Lane, and Claire are finally happy.

When Mr. Weaver gets home, thinking he is safe, the kids (who somehow got into there), hit him with a lot of snowballs as he cries in defeat and the film ends.


  • Mark Webber as Hal Brandston
  • Schuyler Fisk as Lane Leonard
  • Zena Grey as Natalie Brandston
  • Chris Elliott as Roger "Snowplow Man" Stubblefield
  • Jean Smart as Laura Brandston
  • Chevy Chase as Tom Brandston
  • Emmanuelle Chriqui as Claire Bonner
  • Iggy Pop as Mr. Zellweger
  • Pam Grier as Tina
  • John Schneider as Chad Symmonz
  • Josh Peck as Wayne Alworth
  • Jade Yorker as Chet Felker
  • Damian Young as Principal Ken Weaver
  • Connor Matheus as Randy Brandston
  • J. Adam Brown as Bill Korn
  • David Paetkau as Chuck Wheeler
  • Kea Wong as Paula
  • Carly Pope as Fawn
  • Tim Paleniuk as Mailman
  • Rozonda Thomas as Mona
  • Katharine Isabelle as Marla

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.


The film was filmed in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, as well as Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta. Much of the outdoor snow scenes were filmed at the Bonnie Doon Park in Edmonton, which had recently had a do-over and offered a natural setting in an urban location.

It was originally set to be based on the television series The Adventures of Pete & Pete, but the idea was scrapped and it was rewritten as a stand-alone story.


Box office

The film opened at number three at the North American box office, making $14.3 million USD in its first weekend, behind The Beach and Scream 3, the latter of which was on its second week at the top spot. Snow Day was a box office success, earning $60,020,107 in its domestic run, and $62,464,731 worldwide.

Critical response

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported the film holds an approval rating of 29% based on 66 reviews, with an average score of 4.26/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Weak assembly of characters and story lines made this movie forgettable and silly." Metacritic gives it a weighted average score of 34 out of 100, based on reviews from 22 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews." Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B–" on an A+ to F scale.

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times called it "An uninspired assembly of characters and story lines that interrupt one another." Aside from the film itself Ebert also complained saying, "What a thoughtless place is Hollywood, and what talent it must feel free to waste" noting that Pam Grier had been relegated to another lousy role after her wonderful performance in Jackie Brown. Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman wrote "Even Snow Day's winter wonderland looks fake," and gave it a grade F.


2000YoungStar AwardsBest Young Actor/Performance in a Motion Picture ComedyMark WebberNominated
2001Young Artist AwardsBest Family Feature Film - ComedyNominated
Best Performance in a Feature Film - Young Actor Age Ten or UnderConnor MatheusNominated
Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Song from a Movie (Internet Only)Another Dumb Blonde performed by HokuNominated


The film's soundtrack peaked at number 183 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Snow Day: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedFebruary 8, 2000
LabelGeffen Records
ProducerVarious artists
Singles from Snow Day: Music from the Motion Picture
  1. "Another Dumb Blonde"
    Released: January 18, 2000
No.TitleWriter(s)Performed byLength
1."Another Dumb Blonde"Antonina Armato, Tim JamesHoku3:49
2."My Heart's Saying Now"Paul Barry, Mark TaylorJordan Knight3:50
3."The Reason Why"Arnthor Birgisson, Patrick TuckerLFO3:46
4."Still"Dave Deviller, Sean Hosein, Justin Jeffre, Drew Lachey, Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons98 Degrees4:00
5."Picture of You"Andrew Watkins, Paul Wilson, Eliot Kennedy, Ronan KeatingBoyzone3:25
6."Lifetime Affair"Danny O'Donoghue, Terry Daly, Wanya Morris, Mark SheehanMytown4:35
7."There She Goes"Lee MaversSixpence None the Richer2:41
8."Come On Come On"Greg Camp, Steve HarwellSmash Mouth2:32
9."Say You Love Me (Radio Edit)"Sherree Ford-Payne, Rhett Lawrence, BeBe WinansDina Carroll3:13
10."Wasting My Life"Ariel RechtshaidThe Hippos2:39
11."Noise Brigade"Dicky Barrett, Dennis Brockenborough, Joe GittlemanThe Mighty Mighty Bosstones2:14
12."Waiting for a Girl Like You"Lou Gramm, Mick JonesForeigner4:32
Total length:41:16

The following songs were included in the film but not featured on the soundtrack:

  • Al Martino – "Love Letters", "Fascination" and "To Each His Own"
  • Irving Berlin – "Heat Wave"
  • Smash Mouth – "Satellite"
  • Ernest Gold – "The Big W"
  • Simon Chardiet – "Drag Blob"
  • The Wiseguys – "Ooh La La"
  • Schuyler Fisk – "It's Not Her"
  • The Brian Setzer Orchestra – "Switchblade 327"