Groundhog Day (1993)
IMDb rating: 8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 96%
Groundhog Day in the US is 2 February, when a hibernating groundhog wakes up, then, depending if it sees its shadow, will either sleep again or stay awake – the former means winter isn’t over. In this 1993 comedy movie, boorish, despondent weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) relives the same day thousands of times while covering the ceremony for the fourth year in a row waiting for a groundhog to end winter.
The cast includes Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliot, Stephen Tobolowsky and Michael Shannon. The script was meant to be “an idea” to convince the studio that they were ready for a bigger project but it was approved immediately. Even if you don’t like Bill’s “shouty” acting, watch this because it’s a metaphor for life and having to do things you don’t want to.
Megan Garber from theatlantic.com unpacks it simply: “Phil, at once invincible and confined, comes to ask questions such as this one: What would you do if you were stuck in one place, every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?”
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