Director: Harold Ramis
Writers: Danny Rubin (screenplay), Harold Ramis (screenplay)
Stars: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott
A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.
The Ancient Greeks would have enjoyed the idea behind this movie. Plenty of people had been sentenced to similar fates, Sisyphus being the most famous among them.
Groundhog Day is about a weatherman who is condemned to relive the same day over and over again. Just like a mouse caught in a trap, he’s the prisoner of the same twenty four hours. The same events, the same people. Only our main character remembers what happened yesterday, which gives him a certain advantage.
The movie is a comedy, but there’s an underlying dynamic that is a little more thoughtful: it’s about changing one’s wicked ways. Something like “A Christmas Carol.” A theme that has been utilized to different effects in movies.
Murray does a great job of being the kind of guy who slowly grows on you, even though the not-so-likable version of him is funnier, which is paradoxical to us viewers as it makes it more difficult to understand why was he punished like this.
The idea is original, the execution good enough. This is a movie that is worth watching, even though quarter of a century later, it all doesn’t feel as original as it first was.