Groundhog Day

Year: 1993
Directed By: Harold Ramis
Written By: Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis

RYAN’S REVIEW

When I was about seventeen or eighteen, for reasons I cannot remember, I chose this to be my bedtime movie. It was the film I played every night in my room to put me out. Watching a different movie every night would only keep me up so I set into a routine of watching one film that would literally put me to sleep. For a long time this was the movie that did that for me. What’s funny is that the more that I watched it the more that I got out of it. Just as Bill Murray eventually learned to love life by repeating the same day over and over again I learned to love this movie that I didn’t think was that great by watching it over and over again.

In this movie Bill Murray plays a narcissistic douche bag reporter who thinks he is above everyone else. When suddenly, for reasons never explained, he is trapped in the same day over and over again. He finds himself in an unlikely purgatory where he starts out angry, then belligerent, and depressed before he realizes he needs to grow as a person. He does grow as a person though and I think that is what makes this movie important.  It can teach us a lesson about life, if Bill Murray in this film can learn to be a better person so can we all.

I am a big fan of Bill Murray and especially love his collaborations with Harold Ramis. In this movie they do everything pretty simple yet still manage to be funny. I think Andie McDowell did a great job as the female lead, she has held up in that role many times and Ramis obviously likes her. We see a cameo from Ramis in this movie actually. He is the ENORMOUS doctor Murray sees in an effort to find out if anything is physically wrong with him in the film. I don’t know when Ramis let himself go but he should drop the weight for his health if nothing else, he would be too great a talent to lose too soon. We also see Bill Murray’s brother, Brian Doyle-Murray, in a small role. Murray has several siblings, 9 if I remember correctly, yet Brian Doyle is the one we see the most of. I am a big fan of his though and like most of the roles he has played, he has a very distinctive voice.

This is a good movie and I have always enjoyed it.  I love the depth and the simplicity of it all.  I think it is a movie that we can learn from too and that makes it important most of all.  This is a good movie and it is more than worth your time, whether it is Groundhog’s Day or not.

Click on the Groundhog Day link if you are reading this from out of the country.  This movie does center on an unusual U.S. holiday that I’m not in the mood or even qualified to explain.

AMBER’S REVIEW

Groundhog Day is a good movie that I like to watch once a year. Bill Murray is awesome.

Groundhog Day is a good movie that I like to watch once a year. Bill Murray is awesome.

Groundhog Day is a good movie that I like to watch once a year. Bill Murray is awesome.

Groundhog Day is a good movie that I like to watch once a year. Bill Murray is awesome.

Groundhog Day is a good movie that I like to watch once a year. Bill Murray is awesome.

NEXT MOVIE: Guess Who (2005)

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