Apparently Gore Verbinski wanted to take a breather before diving back into the waters of Pirates of the Caribbean, which is why he took time to make the "quieter" movie The Weather Man, a film starring Nicholas Cage as a Chicago weatherman which is being compared to American Beauty. Really? Well, I'll probably see it anyway. Apparently Verbinski was concerned about how the movie would be marketed, claiming it was funny, but not a "comedy" per se. Yeah, well, that's what you get for being complex, Gore. Besides, you've got the draw of Nicholas Cage, and since most of the populus hasn't figured out that American Beauty was just an okay movie that got more credit than it deserved, any comparison can only work in the movie's favor.