Netflix is now streaming one of my favorite movies, Groundhog Day.
What if we had the chance for a do-over? What if the day changed, but everything within that day stayed the same? What would we do if we had all the time in the world?
Phil Connors is a weatherman from Pittsburgh. Burned out, jaded. One of his annual assignments is to cover the annual February 2 celebration in Punxsutawney where a groundhog seeing his shadow determines whether winter will end early or continue for six weeks longer. Phil heads out with a sour mood, his cameraman Larry, and Rita Hansen, a TV producer played by Andie McDowell.
The next day, Phil awakens and discovers that it’s still February 2, and he’s still in Punxatawney.
I love Bill Murray in this movie. (This and the imperfect Lost in Translation are both great Bill Murray performances). World weary is such a Bill Murray mood.
Fans have dissected the number of days that Phil relives February 2. Is it 11 days? 33? 4,576? Does it matter? Not at all, but it shows you how this movie has fascinated us for more than 25 years.
Here’s Groundhog Day 101, for all you fans. If you haven’t seen this classic movie, you are in for a treat.