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:
Audience Score: 8.8
*Recognition: AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Laughs – #34; 2008: AFI's 10 Top 10: #8 Fantasy Film; National Film Registry
-How long was Phil stuck in the loop?
-What specifically got him out?
-How many times did he kill himself?