Groundhog Day VHS
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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
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...also, I have to say the DVD disk is fantastic looking! In a world of black on silver monochromatic disks, the 15th Anniversary Groundhog Day disk is a comparative work of art... a shame it spends all it's time trapped in a DVD case!
Murray does not give an 'actual' interview, but, good brief interviews are given by Stephen "Ned Ryersen" Tobolowsky (funny, nice, goofy guy...probably like you would imagine)) and "sweetie" Andie McDowell. The Producer Trevor Albert regales some location stories also.
By the way Groundhogs are also called woodchucks and/or marmots (from xtra feature The Study of Groundhogs).
This is one of those very rare comedy's that makes more sense and is better (yes and funnier) the second time.
GROUNDHOG DAY (1993) also has the great point being made making GROUNDHOG DAY as important in our everyday lives as a classic Holiday Movie like "It's a wonderful Life" or (my personal favorite holiday movie) "Miracle on 34th Street".
That said, I loved the movie. It was fun, funny, entertaining. I like Bill Murray's (or his writers') natural comedic talent, if here is such a word, his quick wit and one-line put-downs.
I enjoyed watching Murray tear through life like there was no death, like nothing that we did mattered, like we get to come back again and do it right anyway. It gave him a certain courage and cynicism to just do what he felt like.
It made me think that perhaps life really is like that - that we get to come back again and deal with karma created by the mistakes we make - if only we can remember to remember the past and learn from it.
But, leaving metaphysics aside I liked that Murray appeared to really fall in love with Andie MacDowell and I guess it was that true love that broke the spell and let them get back into the flow of time as we know it.
I won't spoil it by telling the plot - of which there is very little - but I will say I will come back to watch Groundhog Day again and again when I need a good laugh to break me out of worrying about the present.