Thursday, January 14, 2010

#19 Groundhog Day: 10, 9, 8, car, 6, 5, quarters, 3, 2...

1993. dir. Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray, Andie McDowell, Chris Elliot, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray.

Seen it before? Yes.

Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a weatherman stuck in Punxsatawney, PA repeating the same day over and over, with no explanation is given to why this happens. Phil uses this time to do, well, everything he could think of; learn French, learn the piano, learn to ice sculpt, seduce local women, rob a bank, get arrested, seduce his co-worker, eat and drink excessively, kill himself repeatedly. It really looks like a lot of fun.

Ironically, this movie has been repeated over and over on cable. This one is so well-known that it's become a cliche. You know, "I do the same shit every day, it's like Groundhog Day." That theme of the movie is actually stated pretty explicitly on Day 3, when Phil goes drinking with the two locals:
Phil: 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.
Bill Murray is pretty hilarious as stuck-up jerkass Phil. Andie McDowell: looks nice, never was much of an actress. Cast is full of "Hey! It's That Guy" types -- Hey! She was on Seinfeld! Wasn't he on Herman's Head? and so forth. For such a high-concept movie, the screenplay is really pretty conventional. Read Syd Field's Screenplay or this page, that's pretty much a point-by-point outline of the movie. Still pretty clever, but I can't imagine it working without Bill Murray.

Position on the list: 160
My estimate for the number of times Phil experiences Feb. 2: About 10-15,000

1 comment:

  1. love the movie. love that you refer to herman's head.