Snow Day (film)

Snow Day

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Chris Koch
Produced by
Written by
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 $62.5 million

Snow Day is a 2000 American comedy film directed by Chris Koch and produced 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 school 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 father, 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. Their workaholic mother, Laura (Jean Smart), is stuck at home with her mischievous son, Randy.

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. Chad is arrested 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.


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


The film opened at number 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]

The film received mostly negative reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gave it 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 it forgettable and silly."[2] Metacritic gave it 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


The film's soundtrack peaked at number 183 on the Billboard 200 chart.[4]

Snow Day: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released February 8, 2000 (2000-02-08)
Recorded 1999
Length 41:16
Label Geffen Records
Professional ratings
Review scores
No. TitleWriter(s)Performed by Length
1. "Another Dumb Blonde"  Antonina Armato, Tim JamesHoku 3:49
2. "My Heart's Saying Now"  Paul Barry, Mark TaylorJordan Knight 3:50
3. "The Reason Why"  Arnthor Birgisson, Patrick TuckerLFO 3:46
4. "Still"  Dave Deviller, Sean Hosein, Justin Jeffre, Drew Lachey, Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons98 Degrees 4:00
5. "Picture of You"  Andrew Watkins, Paul Wilson, Eliot Kennedy, Ronan KeatingBoyzone 3:25
6. "Lifetime Affair"  Danny O'Donoghue, Terry Daly, Wanya Morris, Mark SheehanMytown 4:35
7. "There She Goes"  Lee MaversSixpence None the Richer 2:41
8. "Come On Come On"  Greg Camp, Steve HarwellSmash Mouth 2:32
9. "Say You Love Me (Radio Edit)"  Sherree Ford-Payne, Rhett Lawrence, BeBe WinansDina Carroll 3:13
10. "Wasting My Life"  Ariel RechtshaidThe Hippos 2:39
11. "Noise Brigade"  Dicky Barrett, Dennis Brockenborough, Joe GittlemanThe Mighty Mighty Bosstones 2:14
12. "Waiting for a Girl Like You"  Lou Gramm, Mick JonesForeigner 4:32

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


  1. "Snow Day (2000) - Box Office Mojo".
  2. "Snow Day (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved December 11, 2012.
  3. "Snow Day Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 11, 2012.
  4. "Snow Day - Original Soundtrack". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
  5. Phares, Heather. "Snow Day - Original Soundtrack". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved December 23, 2015.
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