Thursday, February 2, 2012

Groundhog Day (1993)

Ok, Groundhog Day is obviously not a football-related film, but it’s February 2nd...what else were you expecting?

Synopsis: Grumpy weatherman has *loopy* day.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Bill Murray is at his dry, wisecracking best in this riotous romantic comedy about a weatherman caught in a personal time warp on the worst day of his life.”

What Did I Learn?: “Insurance salesman” is a dead giveaway for nerdy and boring.

You Might Like This Movie If: You can’t get enough of Bill Murray interacting with furry rodents.

Really?:’s hard to fill in this category, considering most of Bill Murray’s actions seem consistent with the film’s premise (ok, letting the groundhog take the steering wheel was a little goofy) although you could point out a few technical bloopers. Interestingly, Groundhog Day never offers an explanation for why the time loop occurs in the first place, although I don’t think it actually needs one.

Rating: Groundhog Day is one of my favourite films. It’s funny, clever, touching, thought-provoking, and extremely well-written. It works on many levels: romantic comedy, full-length Twilight Zone episode, self-improvement lesson, etc. Chris Elliott and Andie MacDowell are great, but Murray provides a tour-de-force performance as a not-so-nice guy who suddenly has a lot of time to think about the meaning of his life. 10/10 stars.

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