Thursday, February 3, 2011

'Groundhog Day' is a Triple-Threat Success

“Groundhog Day” (1993) is romantic, full of comedy, and has a good moral. The story is about a conceited weather man, Phil Connors, who gets stuck reliving Groundhog Day over and over again. You would think the movie would be like a broken record, but it is entertaining all the way through.

"Groundhog Day" scenes

Connors asks, “What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” Naturally, he lives recklessly, driving on railroad tracks and stealing money.  Who wouldn’t take some risks when there are no consequences?

As the movie goes on though, he gets fed up with experiencing the same thing every day. He attempts suicide several times, only to realize that he wakes up again to Groundhog Day.

"Groundhog Day" DVD case

The film answers the age old question, how would I live, if there were no tomorrow, and makes the viewer think about breaking their routine. Connor eventually learns to take advantage of his infinite amount of re-dos, to become a caring person, and to fall in love.

The movie stars Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliott, and is rated PG. The only downside is that you have to watch some of the scenes more than once. I give the film a rating of 4.5 out of 5 and consider “Groundhog Day” relentlessly funny, original, and timeless.

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