Sunday, November 15, 2009

Groundhog Day

Since I've been mostly reviewing movies only a handful of people have seen, I might as review something most people have seen.

Weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray), his producer Rita (Andie MacDowell) and cameraman Larry (Chris Elliot) are sent to Puxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover Groundhog Day. Phil, growing tired of the assignment, gives the report and attempts to go back to Pittsburgh when a blizzard forces Phil and his crew to stay an extra day.

Then things get weird.

Phil finds himself reliving February 2nd . Only he's aware of the time loop, while everyone else is oblivious to it. At first he's confused then he embraces it by getting away with anything, like stealing, seducing women and driving drunk.

There were two scenes that just killed me.
~The first one is when Phil and Rita are in the restaurant. The table's covered with junk food, Phil's smoking, making Rita concerned about his health. Phil shoves a piece of cake in his mouth, causing Rita to turn away in disgust, then he asks, with his mouth still full of cake, "What?"
~The second scene is when Phil continually tries to kill himself. He sticks a toaster in the shower, runs in front of a car, and jumps off a building. All this result with him waking up the "next" morning.

My Rating: ****1/2

1 comment:

  1. Such a good film. This is one of those movies that could have been annoyingly repetitive (such as Vantage Point) but managed to really run by with great charm and creativity. Definitely one of those films I love to revisit every now and then.


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