Groundhog Day (1993)

What can you say about this movie that hasn’t been said countless times before (sic). From my perspective this is a perfect movie that you can watch time and time again and still laugh at the absurdity of the whole magical scenario.

Firstly, you need to know that movie was created at probably the height of Bill Murray‘s rise in collaboration with his counterpart in Ghost Busters Harold Ramis (this time in a directorial role). The female interest is in the form of Andie MacDowell which adds to the movies appeal for the red blooded males out there.

For those of you who have not seen this movie here is a brief synopsis of what it is about (without giving too much away about the detail). Basically Bill’s character (Phil) is a weather man who has to go down to Punxsutawney (PA) with Andie MacDowell (Rita) to cover Groundhog Day (BTW the groundhog is named Punxsutawney Phil). The gist is that for some unknown (magical) reason he gets stuck there reliving the same day over and over again. Initially he is surprised and confused and thinks that the whole thing is a bad dream, then he gets depressed and hilarity ensues , once he finds out that he can basically do whatever he wants without impunity he has a whale of a time.

You have to keep reminding yourself that the other characters do not know what is going on, i.e. that he has gone through the same thing over and over again but they are seeing it for the first time, foir example the scene when he is watching Jeopardy is wonderful.

Having conversations with friends who appreciate this movie we have speculated that 1 year (365 days) would probably be more than long enough to have to live through that particular day. The trivia in IMDB seems to suggest that he is there for a long time (possibly over 1000 years) but the exact time is not specified (in the film or the trivia) so you are left to decide for yourself. The conversation then (naturally) goes to the topic of what you would do in that same situation, remember that you have no consequences to worry about, do what you want, commit any crime or act of selfishness, eat and drink whatever you want etc etc etc.

The ending of the movie is pretty well done, you have to put in a little disbelief regarding what actually happens but it is done in a way that makes you feel happy for Phil. I don’t think that there is a deep rooted message that the film makers want to get across but it is a movie that definitely has a place in my brain cell as something that makes me feel good an I have a good laugh; can’t be bad.

Finally (as an added bonus for me) my spouse does not get the whole movie, to this end I make it a goal to watch this every time it is shown on TV (DVR’s are great for this).

Egg Rating: 9/10


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