Groundhog Day (1993) - Romances.com
When a weatherman is assigned to cover
the story about the notorious groundhog for the fourth
year in a row, upon awakening the next day, he discovers
its somehow managed to be Groundhog Day once again, and
again, and again, and again, ad nauseam. Needless
to say, when the novelty of groundhog-day-infinitude begins
to wear off, our poor weatherman begins to try his best
to evade his doomed time-locked status.
The cast includes: Bill
Doyle-Murray, Mariata Geraghty, Angela Paton, Rick
Ducommun, Rick Overton, and Robin Duke.
"Groundhog Day" is a delightful
comedy fantasy fable from director Harold Ramis.
Tagline: He's having a day in his life...over
and over again.
The basic story involves
an obnoxious, sarcastic TV weather reporter, Phil Conners
(Bill Murray) who is annoying to everyone he has to work
with in Pittsburgh or anywhere he is sent to cover events.
After covering the annual Ground Hog Day ceremonies in
Punxsutawney, PA, on Feb. 2nd (which he absolutely hates
to do), Conners goes to sleep and wakes up the next morning,
only to find it's still Groundhog Day, Feb. 2nd. This
happens over and over again, until he changes his bad
attitude and takes his focus away from self-absorption
to others. He discovers that the real change that matters
is what he can change about himself from within, thus
changing his future.
This clever, entertaining
screenplay was written by Danny Rubin, and directed by
the multi-talented Harold Ramis, who is as talented behind
the camera as he is in front of the camera.
Murray gives his best performance
in years. His character goes through a great character
arc, from jerk to considerate nice guy, with total believability.
He skillfully shows the transformation of his character
as he goes through life-changing incidents.
Andie MacDowell gives a winning performance as Murray's
TV producer and love interest, Rita. She is pretty, charming
and a tough cookie. It's fun to watch her various responses,
day after day, to Murray's numerous romantic come-ons,
and how her feelings change toward Murray, as his outlook
on life changes. Instead of trying to manipulate her feelings,
he lures her in because of the kind of person he becomes
in the process of his inner self-growth.
The amazing thing about "Groundhog Day" is that
it never gets boring, despite the fact that we see numerous
stagings of the same, or very similar events. It is a
testimony to the cleverness of the script, by Danny Ruben,
as well as the resourcefulness of director Ramis and his
able cast, that potentially boring material is made fresh,
funny, and ultimately thought provoking.
Chris Elliot ("Saturday Night Live") has fun
with the role of cameraman in Murray's TV production crew
(Actor and Emmy-award winning writer) plays things a bit
less silly than usual, but funny nonetheless.
Character actor Stephen Tobolowsky
is great as the annoying life/ health insurance salesman,
"Needle-Nose" Ned Ryerson, a nerdy, persistent
guy who bumps into Phil every morning before his Ground
Hog Day gig. Ned used to date Phil's sister back in their
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