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23 November 2011

Snow Day

directed by Chris Koch

The geniuses behind one of the finest television shows ever created, The Adventures of Pete and Pete, originally intended for this to be a Pete and Pete movie, but the passage of time whilst Nickelodeon sat on its duff prevented this from becoming so. It’s still a treat to see another peek into Wellsville, courtesy of Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi. Using the same alchemy of nostalgia, darkness and silly logic, McRobb and Viscardi spin the tale of, you guessed it, a snow day and how it affects the lives of the town’s denizens, particularly Hal (read: Big Pete Wrigley), wonderfully played by Mark Webber (Dear Wendy, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). Hal is on a mission to declare his love for the dreamy Claire (Emmanuelle Chriqui), and the snow day is his perfect chance. McRobb and Viscardi have a knack for taking the nostalgia of childhood and transmogrifying it into something epic (another fine example is the Daylight Savings episode of Pete and Pete), and Snow Day seeks to help us find the magic of such childhood joys. It’s too bad that the film couldn’t actually have been a Pete and Pete film, but I will take what I can get. And plus it's never a bad thing to see Iggy Pop get his weird on (and pseudo-reprising his Mr. Mecklenberg character from Pete and Pete).

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