Harold Ramis’ 1993 comedy “Groundhog Day” is a hilarious one. A sweet and lovable hit that repeats itself with the right intentions.
Bill Murray stars as a Pittsburgh weatherman named Phil, who has to travel to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania with his new producer Rita (Andie MacDowell) and cameramen Larry (Chris Elliott) to cover the town’s latest Groundhog Day event.
He wants to get out of town ASAP, but a blizzard prevents him from doing so, and he can’t get any phone connections. And the next morning, he wakes up with the same morning radio announcement, the same characters (like Stephen Tobolowsky as an insurance salesman named Ned), and the same day.
It has become apparent to Phil that no matter what happens that day, there won’t be anymore consequences for him. He even uses the opportunity to hit it off with Rita, by remembering what she likes and dislikes, even if it means she has to slap him over and over and over again.
“Groundhog Day” is genius when Murray struggles with the repeats and learns from his mistakes to make himself a better person. This is one of my favorite roles from him, and MacDowell adds a nice touch as his producer and love interest.
This is one of Harold Ramis’ best work, and he manages to repeat things without being annoying or routine. It’s all about learning from mistakes, and overcoming them, even if you have to repeat yourself.