Groundhog Day is a traditional custom used for over 100 years by farmers in the USA and Canada to “predict” the end of winter. According to this belief, on 2 February a groundhog is pulled out of his burrow in a tree trunk around dawn. If the groundhog sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, spring will be here soon. The most popular festival is held in Punxsutawney (a small town in Pennsylvania) with a groundhog named Phil. Precisely around this day revolves Groundhog Day, one of the most splendid and underrated comedies of the nineties.
Groundhog Day (1993)
The Groundhog Day festival is the place where Phil’s team, the weatherman of a well-known TV station, is assigned to cover the news. Phil is a rude man, bitter and jaded by having to go to this endearing town every year. Happy that he will soon be leaving the place and returning home, he encounters a small inconvenience: a snowstorm forces him and his team to stay in the small town. The next morning, Phil discovers to his astonishment that Groundhog Day has just begun again. Strangely enough, day after day and without being able to help it, the protagonist will be confronted with the same situations. The grumpy and unpleasant Phil seems condemned to relive the same day over and over again.
Groundhog Day is an adorable comedy starring Bill Murray and Andie McDowell and directed in 1993 by Harold Ramis. The film has a funny script full of witty situations that will lead the main characters to live very funny moments that will make you smile more than once. In addition, the film knows how to maintain a good pace without slowing down throughout the film. A work produced with great care.
But perhaps the most endearing and complex thing about Groundhog Day is the philosophical sense of the film. This is not a light, empty comedy. The protagonist undergoes a real personal transformation. Because what would we do if we could change the past? What would we have said? How would we have corrected it? The spectator witnesses the change of values that the main character undergoes without falling into sentimentality and shows a great truth about human beings: that they are the only living being capable of stumbling twice over the same stone. An intelligent comedy and 100% recommendable if you’ve had a bad day.
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