I saw this movie last week and I was completely stumped by the strong message it gave through it seemingly simple and straight story line.
The movie starts with Bill Murray, the lead actor, who is portraying a journalist, start for a nearby city to cover an even called “Groundhog day”. He is accompanied by a producer (the lead actress) and a cameraman. He reaches the place and covers the event and then plans to return the very next day. Next morning when he wakes up he realizes that everything is the same, same program on the radio, exactly the same people he meets on his way out and then he realizes it’s the same day as yesterday … it’s the “Groundhogs day” again. He find the producer waiting for him at the same place to cover the festival. He meets the same people again and they say exactly the same things again.
Then the movie show this cycle being repeated all over … day by day .. daily. Everyday he finds himself living the same day again … the “Groundhog day”. No matter what he does during the day, no matter where he ends up at night, in the morning he is again at his bed, waking up to the same radio program and to the same day. He tries everything, commits crimes and ends up in jail, has sex with total strangers, kills himself, but again the next day he finds himself waking up to the “Groundhog day”.
Then finally he decides to make something good out of all this. He starts learning different things, starts helping different people, because he already knows what wrong is going to happen with whom. Also, he tries to win over the producer, whom he loves secretly. Everyday he learns something new about her and then repeats the things she likes the next day.
Most of the people don’t understand the sense of it when the movie ends. We just tend to think, “Ok, so what next? Where did all this end? OK, he came back to a new day finally, but what after that?”. We usually fail to get the real message. The movie portrays the life of most of us. The way we are stuck in the same dead schedule, day after day. They way we are living the same day again and again. The way we have lost value for the small things around us and the way we have got so busy with things which really don’t matter.
All in all, a gem of a movie. I will really recommend everyone to see this.
My Rating – $$$$
Director – Harold Ramis
Phil Connors – Bill Murray
Rita – Andie MacDowell
Larry – Chris Elliott?
Genre – Comedy