Groundhog Day Movie Review by Austin Rothe
“Excuse me, where is everybody
going? To Gobbler’s Knob. It’s Groundhog Day. It’s still just once a year,
Groundhog Day is a movie everyone deserves to see. The self centered protagonist, Phil Connors, finds
himself in a fascinating situation when he is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover the Groundhog Day story; a yearly ritual that he openly loathes. He
and his news team stay the night in town because of a blizzard, upon waking up,
Phil notices something unusual, that it’s the same exact day, February 2nd, Groundhog Day.
His first reaction is shock; he walks through the day in confusion, soon realizing he’s
the only one conscious of the loop. He wakes up again at the same time, and same
place. He’s literally stuck in this freezing town, and quickly takes advantage
of the situation; stuffing himself with food, seducing women and living
everyday with a completely careless attitude. He tries to create a relationship
with his co worker, Rita, and gets further through learning by previous
mistakes. However, he fails to sleep with her in just one night, and the
relationship cannot progress any further. He soon grows despondent, committing
suicide a myriad of times, only to find himself back in his hotel room upon his
awake. His predictable depression is soon transformed into a zest for knowledge;
it’s an experience that delves into the essence of what it means to live.
This movie is refreshing and hilarious; it portrays the transformation of an unlikable man, a classic tale of self
examination. Groundhog Day has been “hailed by religious leaders as the
most spiritual film of our time.” and I can agree with them. It’s certainly no
ordinary movie; it’s highly thoughtful, witty, and memorable. Its story can
serve as an example to us all, redefining our values and the direction of our
lives. This movie will stay with you. I absolutely loved it.