It’s Groundhog Day…

“What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?”

One of my all-time favorite movies is Groundhog Day with Bill Murray.  There are very few movies that I can watch over and over (no pun intended) without getting tired of them.  When I am on the road, this movie is always in my bunk.  So I thought since today is February 2nd, it would only be appropriate to mention it.  If you have been hiding under a rock since 1993 and have never seen Groundhog Day, maybe today would be a great day to change that.  Am I right or am I right? Or am I right? Am I right?

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  1. I absolutely LOVE the symbolism of the movie — feeling stuck, needing to break out of a routine, feeling inspired to make a change.

    I recently went from full-time employment…to full-time freelance writing/editing (from home). I had my Groundhog’s Day epiphany late last year … and made a change.

    So no matter what Punxsutawney Phil said this morning, I know I’m moving forward!

    Great film — thanks for the timely reminder.

  2. Today is Ground Hog Day? Oh, dear. But isn’t the prob that he never really shows up for his life and, until he does finally become totally involved and notices other folks for real, and becomes just a little less manipulative for his own ends, that life starts to move on? Or have I been watching the wrong film all these years? Aaagh ;)

  3. The alarm went off, anyone want to venture a guess as to what was playing at 6 am this morning?. I think someone at the radio station saw the movie. Of course, now I can’t get the Pennsylvania Polka out of my head.

    “Winter, slumbering in the open air, wears on its smiling face a dream… of spring. Ciao.” Enough said!

  4. You ARE right! I saw the end of it this week on TV. Loved that movie and its message. I wonder what I would accomplish if I got stuck in time….Hmmmmm…
    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! Woohoo!

  5. Fabulous movie. And much different than going to the real event! Haha! Love Bill Murray. Hope you’ve opened some eyes to those who haven’t seen it (somehow!)

  6. Christians have there passion of the christ,
    and Chronicals of Narnia
    Mormons have their “Twilight”

    Buddists I’ve heard – have Groundhog Day.
    Supposedly they veiw it as the most accurate
    expression of the philosophy ever caught on

    1. Bill Murray is fantastic! I went to this movie on a date with my now husband. We did not stay for the whole thing as we were not paying attention to the movie actually :) We will ahve to watch it again as a remembe when!
      I love the scene in Strips when he say “The quick brown dog jumps over the lazy fox, yeah!”
      Fun post!!!

  7. I love the guy’s response to that quote at the beginning of your post: “That about sums it up for me.” Maybe in “Groundhog Day 2″ Bill Murray’s character will inspire the townspeople to change their lives as well….

    The use of “I Got You Babe” as a pacing device is brilliant. Every time you hear it, it’s funnier. Great film!

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  8. I am already playing back the various scenes in my head, my favourites are when he starts losing the plot when doing the t.v filming scenes day after day. Nothing on TV? might have to put it on tonight.

  9. Nothing more to say, other than it is one of the best all round movies of all time. I got excited just seeing that picture of Bill Murray on the wordpress front page, I knew what it was.

  10. Andie MacDowell and whom did you say? And there was what a moral or a lesson as well? Can’t recall. Maybe if I see it again it will be the same. What will that say about me? Can I risk that?

  11. There’s a TV-movie called 12:01 with the premise of the same day repeating for the main character. He’s the only one that knows it’s happening and he figures out how to make the day start over again.

    When I was a student, I’d have skipped school. Now? Maybe not show up to where I’m expected and see how long it takes before anyone notices and starts calling/texting/gtalking/AIM’ing. Make many, many DVD purchases knowing that when the day starts over, I don’t have to buy (again) the ones I didn’t like.

  12. One of our favorites too!! Played the dvd back to back all day long today. It was a Groundhog Day marathon! It’s hilarious, and like you we never get tired of it. Thanks.

  13. Fantastic movie, and so quotable – love it!

    “That’s not bad for a quadriped!”

    “I’m A god, I’m not THE god. I think…”

  14. Perfect Bill Murray reference and picture! I was actually talking about this movie earlier today, and I was definitely surprised to see a freshly pressed post featuring it as well. Live everyday like it is your last, because unlike “Groundhog Day” we don’t get second chances… or third ones… or… well you get the picture. Great post!

  15. That film will always be in my top ten. One of the reasons it works so well is that you can appreciate it for the comedy-with-heart that it is, but there’s also a deeper existential and philosophical thing going on behind the scenes of it; but you also don’t even need to consider that to fully enjoy the film. It’s just an expertly-crafted, utterly enjoyable and funny film.

  16. LOL I would commit suicide. But then that would happen again and again.

    I would…. umm, ya, read a different book on the same day each day till I read this entire world out.

    After that eat different icecreams on the same day again and again.

    Reminds me of an episode of Supernatural btw LOL

    Good post

  17. I watched the movie ‘The Sourcecode’ last night and it reminded me of ‘Groundhog Day’. Bill Murray is my favourite actor and I used to watch this particular film constantly in my teenage years. It was a comfort. Great movie, great post!

  18. I was actually fortunate enough to get to go behind the scenes on quite a bit of the movie when I was a photojournalist. It was filmed in a community that the paper I was with at the time covered. Fun movie for a multitude of reasons.

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