It turns out the gods want us to perfect ourselves. Why? Most of the time they're perfectly content with letting us destroy each other. Isn't the rest of his life going to be a huge disappointment after working so diligently on making the perfect day? No more do-overs or backsies.
4.5 stars. Reptition with difference is very satisfying. One of the most enjoyable "family films" from that period in the mid-90s to the early 90s when Ramis, Columbus et al were making sassy, semi-earnest all American comedies for those aged 12-120. I don't wholly agree with the Dalai Lama that it is a great spiritual film since Connors only tries being good as the absolute last restort, but he knows better than me!
A perfect showcase for Bill Murray, the premise allowing him to crank-up his sharp, impeccably executed ascerbic indifference by greater degrees as his predicament continues interminably. Fun, charming, absurd, philosophical.. this film has all the familiar armth of character, seasonal holidays and a whole host of inventive ways in which to kill oneself in times of mindnumbing repetative boredom. It's a Doozy!
I saw this at the cinema when it first came out and hated it. I don't hate it any more. It's really pretty good. However; I know it's probably against the law to hate on Bill Murray, but using his predicament to gen up on women in order to pull them verges on creepy-stalky, no?
What a gem "Groundhog Day" is, succeeding in many wonderful ways. Standing apart from most other films of its era, it still convinces as a comedy that is sharp and witty, genuine and affecting in sentiment, refreshingly imaginative and thought-provoking and hilarious throughout. Those who discover this film for the first time may want to experience it again, and again, and again...
I am the last person on earth to watch this and I really enjoyed it. Phil is indifferent to everyone which is pretty inspiring but apparently that's wrong so having tried manipulating various people for his own ends and gaining no sustainable satisfaction, he has to first learn that Rita's kindness/willingness to relate is a good thing, before he realises it's the 'right' way to be. Not really convinced I understood.
SO good! A perfect film, still not bored of it and I've seen it about ten times. Brilliantly written, definitive Murray, and ultimately a paean to the power of love. An archetype of its own making and a major cultural reference point to boot. Yay! Wish I could give it six stars.
One of my favourite American comedies ever; Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell are just fantastic together. The writing is bizarre, funny and incredibly clever; a surreal film about everyday life and how we can all become better humans. A powerful story which gets philosophical, romantic and melancholic at the same time; I would watch it over and over again, and always feel like it was the first time (or the same day!)