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Bill Murray is at his wry, wisecracking best in this riotous romantic comedy about a weatherman caught in a personal time warp on the worst day of his life. Teamed with a relentlessly cheerful producer (Andie MacDowell) and a smart-aleck cameraman (Chris Elliott), TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. But on his way out of town, Phil is caught in a giant blizzard, which he failed to predict, and finds himself stuck in small-town hell. Just when things couldn't get any worse, they do. Phil wakes the next morning to find it's Groundhog Day all over again... and again... and again.
Bill Murray does warmth in his most consistently effective post-Stripes comedy, a romantic fantasy about a wacky weatherman forced to relive one strange day over and over again, until he gets it right. Snowed in during a road-trip expedition to watch the famous groundhog encounter his shadow, Murray falls into a time warp that is never explained but pays off so richly that it doesn't need to be. The elaborate loop-the-loop plot structure cooked up by screenwriter Danny Rubin is crystal-clear every step of the way, but it's Murray's world-class reactive timing that makes the jokes explode, and we end up looking forward to each new variation. He squeezes all the available juice out of every scene. Without forcing the issue, he makes us understand why this fly-away personality responds so intensely to the radiant sanity of the TV producer played by Andie MacDowell. The blissfully clueless Chris Elliott (Cabin Boy) is Murray's nudnik cameraman. --David Chute
We saw this film years ago. Very funny and a few touching movements. Enjoyed it greatly.Published 16 hours ago by Benson C. Look
Great movie. Profound message as Phil struggles to find meaning in a seemingly pointless existence. Great ending!Published 3 days ago by Peter Sammet
Love this movie. After watching it every time it came on TV, I decided it was time to have my own copy.Published 6 days ago by Rose
I am not a Bill Murray fan but I had to make an exception for this effort. For most of his efforts I would rather have a root canal. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Ken J. Fairchild
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This is one of my favorite movies of all time, but I cannot have this version in my collection with that atrocious cover.
Mar 1, 2014 by Tyler Travis | See all 2 posts
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i think it's called 12:01
Jan 31, 2009 by provkitir | See all 4 posts
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An interview, another doc, and deleted scenes. It also might look better.
Jan 30, 2008 by anubus | See all 3 posts
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