Hello, friends in time, and welcome to a regular feature on Cinema 52 where I put my weekly viewing of Back to the Future on hold and watch another movie featuring time travel for comparison. It may not keep me sane, but it will probably always involve one guy shouting, “This doesn’t make any sense!” And that’s good enough for me.
GROUNDHOG DAY (1993)
If you think watching the same movie every week can drive you nuts, try living each day like there’s no tomorrow, whether you want to or not. Groundhog Day follows cynical TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) as he reluctantly makes the trek to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover the rodent-centric festivities of the titular holiday. Keeping him company are his chipper producer Rita (Andie MacDowell) and his sarcastic cameraman Larry (Chris Elliot), who manage to get on his nerves at every turn. To make matters worse, Phil quickly discovers that it is never not Groundhog Day, and oh my god, why am I writing about this movie like you’ve never heard of it?
Alright, if you really know nothing about this flick, I’ll be nice and give it a proper review, but we’re gonna get all up in this movie in big fat spoiler-y ways, so if you managed to miss this one, just skip to the end when you start seeing bullet points.