IMDb 250 – Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day (1993)
Starring Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Chris Elliot.

Quick Synopsis
Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is a self-absorbed Pittsburgh weatherman who makes his hated annual trip to the small town of Puxatawney, PA to cover the famous Groundhog Day groundhog, Puxatawney Phil.  He travels with new producer, Rita (Andie MacDowell) and sarcastic cameraman Larry (Chris Elliot). 
After Phil covers Puxatawney Phil seeing his shadow he tries to make a quick exit, but is stuck in town due to an unanticipated blizzard and has to spend an extra night in the sleepy little town. 
Phil’s life takes a bizzare turn when he wakes up in the morning and it is still Groundhog Day.  The movie takes hilarious turns as Phil struggles to find meaning, purpose, and love in a life that does not change and everyday ends with it starting over.  Ultimately, it is the positive and caring Rita and the people of Puxatawney that will turn Phil into someone else entirely. 

Quick Take
This is my favorite movie of all-time.  I’m a little bias since my Birthday is on Groundhog Day, but it is deserving of my #1 slot.  It’s hilarious, Bill Muray is genius in this movie and the cast of characters are great (Needlehead Ned Ryerson being the best.  BING!).  The movie also explores life, love, and finding true meaning in looking beyond ourselves.  Phil has a conversion moment in this film where he realizes that his strange life doesn’t mean he can fix everything, and that living life is loving life and loving people given to us.  There are definite Christian parallels and I love this movie for not only its humor, but rich pathos and life-exploring themes. 

Best Quote (so many good ones)
“Don’t say you don’t remember me because I sure as heckfire remember you.” -Ned Ryerson

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