Film Reviews, Short Review

Groundhog Day (1993)

4/4

Taking the essential good-naturedness and small-town Americana worldview of a Frank Capra film and filtering it through Bill Murray’s acerbic dry snark, Groundhog Day‘s enduring status is down not necessarily to its sense of humour (though it is very funny) but rather its philosophical trajectory. Stuck in a time-warp where he repeats the same day over and over again, we follow the bitterly cynical regional weatherman Murray as he morphs into a charming, considerate fellow. Murray, unsurprisingly, pulls off the transformation flawlessly, though it helps that there are a variety of excellent supporting performances too, not least Andie MacDowell, who arguably has the hardest role here: the straight girl who has to play it just as straight day after day.

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