Perhaps the worst holiday we “celebrate” is Groundhog Day, a large squirrel may or may not see his shadow telling us that it’s still cold outside. It’s less impressive to warn us winter is coming when it’s already winter, thanks Punxsutawney Phil Stark. But Groundhog Day gave the world the best holiday movie ever made, and perhaps my favorite movie ever, in it’s aptly named Groundhog Day. Besides some gracious full frontal nudity this movie has all I could ever ask for- humor, a great story, and Bill Murray. He’s cast perfectly as Phil Conners, an arrogant weatherman trapped in a time loop. For a movie filmed in a boring small town it’s endlessly entertaining and I personally can’t watch the film without a smile on my face. I may be indifferent to the actual holiday, but the movie lights me up like a kid on Christmas morning, it’s just so much fun to watch.
So put your little hand in mine, there’s no hill or mountain we can’t climb. Doo doo doo... This song may get stuck in your head for weeks after watching the movie. There’s no explanation for the time loop, there were plans for Phil’s ex-girlfriend to put some voodoo curse on him before he went to Punxsutawney, but it was wisely dismissed by director Harold Ramis. Leaving it unexplained leaves an air of mystery to the film and allows the viewer’s imagination to come to their own conclusions. Edge of Tomorrow, where Tom Cruise’s character gets stuck in a time loop, just isn’t as satisfying when they go through and explain why it happened to him. This movie makes me want to become a better person, or at least one that tries more things. If you’ve already seen the movie here’s someone’s take on how long Bill Murray spends in Groundhog Day.
You know why there’s only one groundhog day themed movie? Because after this movie hit it out of the park they didn’t need to make anymore. That and it’s a pretty terrible holiday. The movie doesn’t drag out and Murray’s character has a satisfying and fleshed out character arc. Similar to the movie’s premise itself, it only gets better with repeated viewings. On this cold February 2nd I couldn’t imagine a better fate than for me to watch Groundhog Day, again. It never gets old.