Groundhog Day (1993)

Director: Harold Ramis

Writer: Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis (Screenplay)

Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray, Marita Geraghty

 

Plot: A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Bill Murray Machine

 

Story: Groundhog Day starts as weatherman Phil (Murray) is reluctantly covering the fourth year in a row Groundhog Day where the people of the small town believe if the groundhog appears it marks the start of spring. O his trip Phil is joined by his faithful cameraman Larry (Elliott) and new producer Rita (MacDowell).

When a blizzard keeps Phil in the town for one more night, he finds himself waking up on Groundhog Day once again, confused about what is happening he makes nothing of it at first, but when the day keeps restarting Phil starts to question his own sanity. Phil starts by taking advantage of the situation using each day to get to know Rita better, but just how many times can he go through the same day.

 

Thoughts on Groundhog Day

 

Characters/PerformancePhil is the weatherman who wants to do more with his career, he is selfish and doesn’t care about what happened to anybody in his life. He does go through the change in the film as he continues to live the same day getting to know the whole town. Rita is the new love interest who is also career minded, Larry is the cameraman and like most of the rest of the characters are largely forgettable.

Bill Murray is the star of this movie, he has to show his range as an actor while the rest of the cast just must go through the motions of repeating their actions.

StoryThe story is good as it shows how one man can repeat one day over again, learning about people who would never take time to get to know. The story shows us just how much the character of Phil could go through he is does go through the same day.

Comedy/Fantasy/RomanceWe have good moments of laughter from Bill Murray but not too many full blown laughs, the fantasy side comes from the repeating the same day with the romance coming from Phil trying to get to know Rita.

SettingsThe film is mostly set within the small town which makes for a good setting for the big cocky weatherman.

Special EffectsWe don’t have many special effects but the ones we do have all work very well for the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is considered a classic and I can understand why but for me a lot of this film is just how great Murray can be.

 

Overall: This is a full-blown Bill Murray vehicle.

Rating

 

 

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12 comments on “Groundhog Day (1993)

  1. I love this movie because Murray really put both sides of himself in it. It’s clever and though there were a couple of timing things here and there, they really did an amazing job of scene replication. Nice review!

      • The movie Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was on yesterday and this comment of yours popped into my mind. Did you already see that one? It’s definitely different.

      • Yeah I think that’s why this one sort of jumped out at me because it’s unusual. Do you like stuff with dark humor like Garden State? One of my favs. Not a comedy but lots of dark comedy laced throughout it. I feel like I’m telling you to drink the comedy. Like I’m a comedy peer pressurer. No idea why. Maybe I just appreciate a challenge. No matter what, I still love your reviews. 🙂

      • thanks, i do like a dark comedy, i generally don’t like comedies that are all about jokes over story, like i loved Deadpool, zombieland but i find the ones that were about a stand-up or sketch show star too much about them doing their routine on film.

  2. love this film… love this film… love this film.

    Yes, its Murray at his best but the story is so much fun to watch over and over again.

    Nice review esp for a non-comedy lover like u!

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