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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Groundhog Day


I watched Groundhog Day a couple of hours ago, since it was such a classic. And, honestly, I didn't know what all the fuss was about. Although, I'd expect as much from disreputable Bill Murray, for my most recent experience with him in Scrooged was awfully inadequate. Also, I am NOT a fan of the allegedly "picture-perfect" actress Andie Macdowell. I absolutely despise everything about her; her acting, her narcissistic manner, and her god-awful Southern accent.

Anyway, Groundhog Day is about a pessimistic weatherman named Phil (played by Bill Murray) who finds himself going through the same routine everyday, metaphorically speaking.

Later, he goes to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to broadcast Phil the Groundhog examining his shadow, declaring whether spring will begin or not. Phil (the man) hates Groundhog Day, a result of his grouchiness, so he loathes every minute in this small town. The next day, he wakes up to, not the third, but the second of February, Groundhog Day, again! This course repeats itself over and over for about a year (this is an estimation, but it appears to be accurate, for he has accomplished so much in this repetitive day)

Throughout these days, Phil (the man) goes through several stages: first, confusion from deja vu.

Second, elation from the fact he can do anything and no one else will be the wiser. Third, depression from boredom and temporary insanity. Fourth, compassion because what else is there to feel?

From this compassion, he assists town folk in situations, like car trouble and the occasional clumsy kid in a tree. Also, he attempts to seduce his producer Rita (played by Andie MacDowell) but fails miserably, so he tries to take it slow by learning about her and befriending her.

Overall, this movie is loaded with corny moments, like the scene where Rita opens up to Phil (the man) by saying she wants a man who's romantic, funny, intelligent, successful, handsome, and other sappy shit. Also, she NEEDS a man who can play the instrument! If he cannot fulfill at least one of these requirements, he's not the man for her.

This movie has made me doubt Bill Murray's decency in acting, unfortunately. I realize now that he made only one movie I admire him in, and that is Man who Knew Too Little. His good-bad movie tally is now 1-2. Sorry, Bill.

My score for this is 56/100. Although it wasn't as horrid as Scrooged, Groundhog Day represents all the cheesiness there is in present movies and should have been released straight to DVD where people wouldn't locate it. Metaphorically speaking, of course.

(P.S. It's strange how Bill Murray always plays an arrogant, egotistical cynic, isn't it?)

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