Sunday, February 2, 2014

Happy Groundhog Day! Happy Groundhog Day! Happy Groundhog Day! Happy Groundhog Day! Happy Groundhog Day! Happy Groundhog Day! ...

For those of you who haven't checked your calendars yet, today is Groundhog Day. A day with a premise so utterly ridiculous yet we Americans still practice almost religiously every year. Seriously, whoever came up with the idea that groundhogs were secretly subterranean meteorology experts successfully played one of the biggest pranks in history. The fact that humans turn to a rodent once a year to know the weather is just baffling. But I digress ...

Getting back on track, to celebrate this silly holiday I'm going to talk about the 1993 classic, Groundhog Day starring Andie McDowell and Bill Freaking Murray.
I wish Bill Murray were my alarm clock.
Groundhog Day follows the story of a news crew who travels to Punxsutawney, PA to cover the Groundhog Day celebrations. The meteorologist, Phil Connors (Murray), is a pain-in-the-butt and hates everything about the assignment. Once the crew finishes their story, they leave Punxsutawney only to find that a blizzard has stopped all travel. Connors heads back to the annoying town with his reporter, Rita (McDowell), and cameraman to stay the night.
The next morning Phil wakes up ready to leave only to find that it is again February 2nd. The weatherman, his crew, and all of Punxsutawney are stuck in one of the wibbly-wobbliest, timey-wimiest of time loops, forced to live February 2nd over and over again. What makes it worse is that Phil is the only one aware of it.

Phil uses perpetually living the same day to his advantage by doing whatever he wants and trying to seduce Rita. Eventually, he uses all of his time to better himself and the town of Punxsutawney in an attempt to break the time loop. Funny things happens, Bill Murray is awesome, and the audience laughs and loves every minute of it.
Groundhog Day is great. I love Billy Murray (as everyone should) and he's hilarious in this movie (as he is in most of his movies). I don't really have much to say about the other actors because I didn't really notice them. Bill just sort of steals the show ... I mean movie.
Most people who have watched Groundhog Day finish the movie and move on. Other more hard-core viewers with lots of time on their hands sit and ponder just how long Phil Connors was stuck in that time loop. And then they proceed to figure it out. Estimates range from 10 years to 30-40 years, based on how long it takes to master the French language, playing the piano, and ice sculpting
If you've never seen Groundhog Day then go watch it right now. Especially today. You can finish it right before that big football game that is apparently going on tonight. Watch it, enjoy it, and hope you don't wake up tomorrow on February 2nd.

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