Ok campers, rise and shine and don’t forget your booties because it’s cold out there! Yep, I’m talking Groundhog Day, one of the greatest comedies of our time, at least in my opinion.
Considering that Groundhog Day is tomorrow, I figured I would share with you a movie that is one of my traditional yearly viewings, Groundhog Day.
Yes, every year on February 2nd I watch this, one of my favorite movies. This year, I viewed it a day early this year because I will be busy moving to a new house on the 2nd, and wouldn’t really have time to see it on the actual day of the Groundhog.
Now, I don’t really think I have to go into this movie that much, as I am sure the majority of you know this film, and probably know it was well as I do. I’ve seen it more times than I can count, and that’s no exaggeration, but that’s not what’s important right now. What’s important is the movie! Which is great!
Phil Connors is a sarcastic, bitter weatherman who goes to cover the Groundhog emergence in Punxsutawney. He obviously does not want to go, and much to his chagrin, he wakes up in a time loop. The same day, everyday. February 2nd. Every day. Of course, he has fun with this at first, until depression sets in, then he has some not so fun moments.
Will he be able to break the cycle? If so, how? These are questions that aren’t ever really addressed, and they don’t need to be, really. Well, they KIND of are, but what I really mean is that we never learn WHO or WHAT forces are at work that keep Phil trapped in the town on the same day. We obviously know WHY, so he can grow up and be a better person. Of course, that lesson takes a long time, and during that time, we get loads of hilarity as we see Phil deal with .
Everyone in this movie is at the top of their game. Even the minor characters who only have a line or two. Every single actor nails their character and lines you don’t see very often. I honestly think that this is one of the most perfect comedies ever put to film.
There are few other comedies that can still be funny after multiple viewings and hold up after age, especially after 20 years. The only other comedy I can think of off the top of my head that can pull that off is The Big Lebowski. I know there are a few more, but I’m not going to commit my brain cells to that right now, as I am instead going to wrap up this little write-up by saying:
GROUNDHOG DAY, YOU WILL WATCH IT (again) AND YOU WILL STILL BE ENTERTAINED. What better day to watch it than February 2nd? None, I say, so take part and get reacquainted with Punxsutawney Phil. The groundhog, and the weatherman.