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“Groundhog Day” is a classic comedy that is so classic I think many people forget about it. It’s “Groundhog Day”. It’s on TV sometimes. They saw it when they were younger and it has that guy, Bill Murray, in it. He’s in old movies. I don’t hang out with these people very often. Any movie that has two Second City greats in one place is more than okay with me. Directed by Harold Ramis (who I think is very underrated but that’s another story), Bill Murray plays a weatherman we like to hate in the beginning. He’s trapped on one of the most innocuous days of the year until he changes his ways.

I think Bill Murray has done some of his best work with rodents: “Groundhog Day”, improvising in “Caddyshack”…”Stripes”….:)

“Groundhog Day” has been used as an example in many classes. At the Screenwriting Expo, we watched the Ned scenes to see the different ways to play a scene, different ways to get across a message. We talked about Bill’s character Phil and how he changes–what things have to happen and how is that shown in the movie? Oh darn have to watch the movie to remember…

It works on many levels. It’s funny. You can watch some scenes removed from the movie, like we did in class, and people laughed. It also makes you think. Some people I know go on about what a philosophical movie it is and talk about existentialism and nihilism. I like that it is more than just funny. It’s about change and Bill has to initiate change in order to move on. We all feel that way at some point in time–on one path leading nowhere. We have to initiate the change in order to escape a day dedicated to holding a groundhog up to see if he sees his shadow.

Brings up one question: has the groundhog ever bitten anyone? He’s hibernating, and a hand just reaches in and grabs him…

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