Phil (Bill Murray), a weatherman, is out to cover the annual emergence of the groundhog from its hole. He gets caught in a blizzard that he didn't predict and finds himself trapped in a time warp. He is doomed to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right.
Release Date: February 12, 1993
Genre: Romantic comedy
Writer: Harold Ramis, Danny Rubin
Director: Harold Ramis
Producer: Harold Ramis, Trevor Albert, C.O. Erickson, Whitney White
Cast: Chris Elliott, Ken Hudson Campbell, Andie MacDowell, Rick Overton, Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, Harold Ramis, Rick Ducommun, Stephen Tobolowsky, Angela Paton, Marita Geraghty, Robin Duke, David Pasquesi, Carol Bivins, Peggy Roder
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This is another hilarious Bill Murray film. The concept of living the same day over and over again sort of reminded me of being a missionary. The content is safe. I recommend it for the family.April 10th, 2013 · Details2 Thanks ·
Sometimes we all wish we could do a do over day! we get to see what happens when you get to and make good choicesFebruary 2nd, 2014 · Details
This is a very undervalued movie. Of course the film is fun and hilarious but I think the script was brilliant. You actually kind of go through emotions yourself of reliving the same day over and over again while watching it. There was just so many clever things in this movie. I see why it was the director/writer Harold Ramis favorite film he has done.
It is rated PG and is pretty tame. The younger kids might not be into a film like this but everyone else should see it. It has a great message about how we should view our lives and everyday we live.January 30th, 2014 · Details
It's a classic. Bill Murray is spot-on and overall it's just a really fun movie. It's been a while since I've seen it, but I don't remember anything particularly objectionable in it content-wise.February 1st, 2013 · Details
Funny movie.August 10th, 2012 · Details
I loved watching this movie at least once a year (usually around Groundhog Day) while growing up. It may not keep a young child's interest very long but definitely is great for teens and adults. Bill Murray is classic in this show.July 26th, 2012 · Details
"Groundhog Day" casts Bill Murray as a self-centered, arrogant TV weatherman, a role tailor-made for his typically cynical, sarcastic screen persona. But what may surprise audiences is how successfully Murray steers the character toward a more sensitive persona as the film winds down.
Much of the credit for this must also go to director/co-producer/co-writer Harold Ramis, who has collaborated with Murray previously on "Meatballs," "Stripes," "Caddyshack" and the "Ghostbusters" pictures.
Looking at that lineup, one would hardly expect Murray and Ramis to come up with a gentle, sweet-natured romantic comedy that wanders into high-minded Frank Capra territory. But, toss in a "Twilight Zone" twist, and that's precisely what "Groundhog Day" is, right down to an optimistic ending that is surprisingly satisfying. (Even more surprising - and sat-is-fy-ing - is that even in the film's later scenes, the comic edge never lets up.)
Murray is Phil Connors, a Philadelphia TV weatherman making his annual trek to Punxsutawney, where he will reluctantly cover the Groundhog Day ceremonies. With him are his new, enthusiastic producer Rita (Andie MacDowell) and wide-eyed cameraman Larry (Chris Elliott).
Rita puts Phil up at a local bed-and-breakfast nook, while she and Larry take less expensive digs, and all agree to meet the next morning, bright and early, to tape their story during the celebration.
The next day, Phil's alarm clock kicks in at 6 a.m. to the strains of Sonny and Cher singing "I Got You, Babe," followed by typical disc jockey banter. Phil bumps into a jovial guest in the hall, chats briefly with the proprietor at breakfast and then, on his way to the town square, encounters a beggar and an overbearing acquaintance who remembers him from high school.
After their work is done, Phil, Rita and Larry try to head home but a blizzard closes the roads and the trio is stuck in Punxsutawney for yet another day. The next morning when Phil's alarm clock goes off, it's the same song, the same disc jockey banter and he runs into all the same people who say exactly the same things. And so it is when he awakens the next morning, and the next, and the next.
Yes, Phil is stuck in a time warp, and it's more than a little disconcerting since he is the only person who realizes it.
At first, he's perplexed. But as he catches on to his situation, he uses information gathered from the day before to manipulate others. Until he tries to hit on Rita and finds that no amount of prior knowledge is enough crack her resistance to him.
Then, as immortality becomes boring and his routine becomes insufferably redundant, Phil realizes that if he's ever going to get on with his life, he must sincerely change.
There is the potential, of course, for material like this to go flat but the screenplay, by Ramis and first-timer Danny Rubin, along with Ramis' deft, rapid-fire direction, uses every possible comic twist so that the film never drags or seems ponderous.
Murray is first-rate and MacDowell complements him very well, helping to soften some of his character's harder edges. Elliott is also a lot of fun, though woefully underused. And, as the high school acquaintance, Stephen Tobolowsky makes a distinct impression.
"Groundhog Day" is, arguably, the best movie yet for Murray and Ramis.
It is rated PG for violence (comic suicide attempts, etc.) and discreet sex. There is no profanity.
May 12th, 2003 · Details