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'Groundhog Day (1993)' Movie Review: Phil sees his shadow

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Groundhog Day


It's Feb. 2 and everybody in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania are awaiting for Phil the Groundhog to pop out of his hole and tell us whether we will have more or less winter. Meteorologist Phil Connors (Bill Murray), new producer Rita (Andie Macdowell) and cameraman Larry (Chris Elliott) are there to cover the big event. Phil Connors does not want to be here and does his report early. He has said that weather would miss them but then it heads their way and they are stuck in the town.

Connors goes to bed that night and awakes the next day to another Feb 2. At first he thinks this could be a good thing. He goes out and remembers each days events and he even finds a way to steal and get away with many things that he would not otherwise be able to.

He tries to constantly try to hit it off with Rita and it fails time and again. Finally, he is able to get enough courage to tell her what's been going on and she starts to believe him. Now you have to understand Connors has tried to steal Phil in hopes of breaking the time warp. He goes about trying to commit suicide but he always wakes up to Sonny and Cher on the radio. He can't seem to stop the loop. This is when he confides in Rita.

So in an effort to break the loop he changes to become a nice guy rather than a jerk. He starts to do good deeds and they are good. One that bothers him is that he tries to help a homeless man, but the man dies anyway. It was just his time he is told. Connors will eventually feel the warmth of the goodness he has done and it does turn the tide with Rita and they are able to consummate their new love, but is it enough to stop the loop. Watch this Sunday when you go rent the movie or watch it on the tube.

Director Harold Ramis does a wonderful job with this film. He is able to bring a good script with so-so acting by good actors that it becomes a cute tale of what if. This is actually a good movie to watch on a cloudy winter day when you will want to see if Phil the Groundhog let's us know whether we will have more or less winter to come. Enjoy.