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Groundhog Day (1993)

Updated: Oct 15, 2022


Plot Summary: A cynical TV weatherman finds himself reliving the same day over and over again when he goes on location to the small town of Punxsutawney to film a report about their annual Groundhog Day. His predicament drives him to distraction, until he sees a way of turning the situation to his advantage.


What this movie is about?: What if there was no tomorrow, or, rather, what if there were infinite yesterdays?


Best Performance: Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis (the writers)

Best Minor Performance: Stephen Tobolowsky (Ned) or Robin Duke (Doris)

Most Charismatic Award: Bill Murray

Best Scene: Last Day Sequence

Favorite Scene: Phil learning the piano/Meeting Ned Ryerson

Most Indelible Moment: The Groundhog driving the truck


Best Line: "What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same and nothing that you did mattered?" Ralph: "That about sums it up for me."


Honorable Mention: "I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset we made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn't I get that day over and over and over?"


"Ned Ryerson! 'Needlenose Ned'? 'Ned the Head'? Come on, buddy, Case Western High! Ned Ryerson! I did the whistling belly-button trick at the high school talent show? Bing! Ned Ryerson! Got the shingles real bad senior year, almost didn't graduate? Bing again! Ned Ryerson! I dated your sister Mary Pat a couple of times until you told me not to anymore? Well?"


Funniest Line: "This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather."


The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 8

Impact/Significance: 7.75

Novelty: 9.25

Classic-ness: 9.25

Rewatchability: 9.25

Audience Score: 8.8

Total: 52.3


*Recognition: AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Laughs – #34; 2008: AFI's 10 Top 10: #8 Fantasy Film; National Film Registry


Remaining Questions:

-How long was Phil stuck in the loop?

-What specifically got him out?

-How many times did he kill himself?


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