Groundhog Day

PG, 101 minutes

 

Bill Murray is at his wry, wisecracking best in this romantic comedy about a weatherman caught in a personal time warp on the worst day of his life. Teamed with a relentlessly cheerful producer (Andie MacDowell) and a smart-aleck cameraman (Chris Elliott), TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. But on his way out of town, Phil is caught in a giant blizzard, which he failed to predict, and finds himself stuck in small-town hell. Just when things couldn’t get any worse, they do. Phil wakes the next morning to find it’s Groundhog Day all over again… and again… and again. (1993, Harold Ramis, USA, English, 101 min, PG)

“Even if you applaud Bill Murray’s evolution from inspired comedian to minimalist seriocomic actor, it’s a relief to revisit his most varied and charming role as Phil Connors.” — Michael Sragow, New Yorker

“Ramis respects his audience’s intelligence every step of the way. No plot point is overexplained, and when the film touches on the spiritual, it becomes neither soppy nor dogmatic.” — Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

“Murray’s wiseacre persona is perfect for what could be saccharine material in other hands.” — Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune

“Formula comedies are a dime a dozen. Those based on an original idea are more rare, and GROUNDHOG DAY, apart from everything else, is a demonstration of the way time can sometimes give us a break. Just because we’re born as SOBs doesn’t mean we have to live that way.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


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