Today is, of course, Groundhog Day. Yes friends, it’s the annual celebration of Punxsutawney Phil’s weather predicting prowess. (For the record, Phil thinks we’ll be having an early spring this year). As you well know, Groundhog Day also happens to be the name of a delightful 1993 romantic comedy starring Bill Murray as cynical Pittsburgh weatherman Phil Connors. Phil finds that his worst nightmare has become a reality when he joins his producer (Andie MacDowell) and his cameraman (Chris Elliott) in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the Groundhog Day ceremony. Seems that the sarcastic Phil keeps waking up to the same day, over and over, and he has to find romance, happiness and become a better person in order to escape this comic time-warp.
Directed and co-scripted by Harold Ramis, the movie was a modest hit upon its release in February of 1993 — it was released after the titular holiday though, to which we say huh? — and has now become a part of popular culture. (The movie has spawned a musical, a VR sequel and even a Super Bowl ad premiering today in which Murray returns as Phil Connors).
Here’s the film’s trailer:
What is the secret of Groundhog Day‘s enduring longevity? A fantastic script, lovable characters, great acting, and a heartfelt message that can be enjoyed all year round. Bing!
(This article originally ran in 2020 and is being reprinted today in honor of Groundhog Day).