Starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray, Chris Elliot, Rick Ducommun
Inventive. Clever. Classic.
If you’ve seen Groundhog Day a few times, or, like me, a few dozen times, it’s fun to try and figure out how long Bill Murray’s obnoxious, self-centered Phil Connors is stuck in the time loop. The concept in this high concept comedy is well known at this point, and we’re starting to see it copied in a slew of recent films (Happy Murder Day, Live. Die. Repeat). No matter what Phil Connors does during the course of the day, even if he dies, he will wake up at 6 a.m, in his bed at a bed and breakfast, on groundhog day. He can learn and remember everything that’s come before, but everyone else is like a cog in a never ending machine. Bill Murray is a priceless jerk, and his evolution from a prima donna to a thoughtful, caring human being makes Groundhog Day one of modern comedies’ unqualified classics. MacDowell is lovely as the love interest, and gives Murray’s Scrooge a believable motivation for becoming a better person.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-