Year of Release: 1993
Director: Harold Ramis
Approx. Running Time: 101 minutes
My Rating: 3 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"A comic time warp anyone should be happy to get stuck in."
-Richard Corliss, Time Magazine
Bill Murray is at his wry, wisecracking best in this riotous 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. After a surprise blizzard traps him in small-town hell, things get even worse; Phil wakes the next morning to find it's GROUNDHOG DAY all over again... and again... and again.
Although this claims to be a romantic comedy, the majority of the humor isn't really related to the interactions between "Phil" and "Rita," so I've placed this in the standard Comedy genre rather than Romance.
This is film about a not-so-nice weatherman who finds himself repeating the same day over and over again will make you laugh and make you think. At first, he's a bit angry over it - since he's stuck in his least favorite place on his least favorite day. Then he decides to take advantage of the situation for personal gain. Growing tired of that, he tries to end it by commiting suicide... over and over again. But as time wears on (or doesn't, as the case may be) he eventually uses the situation as an opportunity to do good for others and, when the time warp finally ends, he emerges a changed man.
Rated PG (MPAA)