Groundhog Day

1993, Movie, PG, 103 mins

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GROUNDHOG DAY
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GROUNDHOG DAY is an immensely enjoyable fable of a confirmed cynic who finds himself stuck in the same 24-hour time frame, over and over again, and the life lessons he manages to learn from it.

Bill Murray stars as Phil, a TV weatherman sent to Punxsutawney, PA, to cover the Groundhog Day festival. A grinch who disdains all things provincial, Phil is predictably peeved when a blizzard forces him, his producer Rita (Andie MacDowell) and cameraman Larry (Chris Elliott) to spend a second night in the picture-postcard town.

Peeved doesn't even begin to approach how he feels next morning, when he wakes up and discovers that it's Groundhog Day--again. Stuck in a time loop, Phil seems doomed to spend the rest of his life repeating the same day over and over. Whatever he does--from getting thrown in jail to committing several varieties of suicide--he invariably wakes up at 6:00 the next morning in his guest-house bed, with "I Got You, Babe" blaring from his radio alarm.

What do you do when you're sentenced to re-live one day in your life for eternity? Phil starts out trivial (he memorizes all the answers to "Jeopardy"); then decides to better himself (piano lessons); and finally searches for true love, coming up with some ingenious ways of wooing Rita in less than 24 hours. (However far he gets each day, he's always back to square one in the morning.)

With Bill Murray being his usual self and Andie McDowell injecting a high charm factor, GROUNDHOG DAY makes a pretty entertaining couple of hours. Seeing it once is fine, but seeing it every day for the rest of your life is not recommended. leave a comment

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