Just rewatched this comedy classic for the first time in a while, and was struck again by how powerful and timeless this comedy is! Comedies usually have a short shelf life, but this and Tootsie are two that still leave me thinking afterward how much I want to be a better man for my wife, and wondering if I would go to the same lengths to be woo her as do Bill Murray and Dustin Huffman. And is it just coincidence that Bill Murray is in both movies? I think … more
You've gotta love a movie that features Bill Murray, a groundhog, and time travel. The concept behind this movie has since become famous and widespread. This is still the best. Groundhog Day essentially teaches Murray's character a lesson in how to care about other people. However, before he learns it, he goes through several hilarious phases. At one point, he gets so sick of repeating Groundhog Day over and over that he tries increasingly creative ways to kill himself. He then tries to use the … more
The idea of Groundhog's day is an excellent one. The question is raised, "What if you had a second chance." To make things right, to clear your conscience, or even to say I love you. But, what if you were given not only one chance, but three then four. Slightly drastic? What if you lived every day over and over again until you had achieved the mission of that day. Confusing? (I always say that when I get jumbled.) Well, don't be confused. If I was in the position to relive my life, knowing what … more
Bill Murray does warmth in his most consistently effective post-Stripescomedy, a romantic fantasy about a wacky weatherman forced to relive one strange day over and over again, until he gets it right. Snowed in during a road-trip expedition to watch the famous groundhog encounter his shadow, Murray falls into a time warp that is never explained but pays off so richly that it doesn't need to be. The elaborate loop-the-loop plot structure cooked up by screenwriter Danny Rubin is crystal-clear every step of the way, but it's Murray's world-class reactive timing that makes the jokes explode, and we end up looking forward to each new variation. He squeezes all the available juice out of every scene. Without forcing the issue, he makes us understand why this fly-away personality responds so intensely to the radiant sanity of the TV producer played by Andie MacDowell. The blissfully clueless Chris Elliott (Cabin Boy) is Murray's nudnik cameraman.