So Groundhog’s Day is probably one of my favorite movies. Well, my favorite romantic comedy for sure. It has Bill Murry as Phil and Andie MacDowell as Rita. And Phil relives the same day over and over again. He is trying to figure out how to get out the time loop that he’s in. All the while, he’s trying to win Rita’s heart.
The thing that makes the movie is that Phil has this dramatic character arc. He under goes a drastic change. Where he goes from a selfish jerk to an altruistic hero.
I normally watch this movie on Groundhog’s Day, February 2nd, but decided that I don’t have to watch this movie on this specific day. Many years, I have. It’s okay if I watch the movie around that day. Kind of like me watching The Saint on All Saints Day. Or You Got Mail and or Sleepless in Seattle on Valentine’s Day. The Thin Man on Christmas Eve.
As I mentioned, Phil was a jerk. And Rita is this good natured wholesome as heck kind of person. Phil says some really inappropriate things to her and she continues to be good natured. So the whole movie is a redemption story arc. I usually get weepy towards the end.
And if I am harsh on Hallmark movies, this would be the reason. It is a romantic comedy that actually has a solid plot line. In the Hallmark movies, it seems that the actors are struggling to say something generic. Where in this movie, all the times Phil says something generic, it doesn’t work.
There are some times in the movie where Phil seems a bit creepy, in which he gets a well deserved slap in the face.
Overall, it’s a movie worth watching on a yearly basis.