When Phil is explaining to Rita his experiences he first says "I have been stabbed, shot, poisoned, frozen" and so on. Those were all methods used by the assassins of Russian mystic Grigory Rasputin, but (with the exception of electrocution) were not seen done to Phil.
As a semi-moviegoer, I admit that I hate romantic movies, especially
those of comedy type. No matter how touching they might be and how
highly-praised they are, I don’t feel empathy for them. But, now I think
I should discard my old bias because the very film I have watched lately
is utterly stunning out of the blue. It is Groundhog Day.
It tells a story that weatherman Phil Connors sets off with news producer Rita Hanson and cameraman Larry for Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover the next morning's Groundhog Day festivities. Phil makes no secret of his contempt for the assignment, the small town, and the "hicks" who live there. On February 2, Phil awakens at his Punxsutawney bed and breakfast to Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" on the clock radio and the declaration, "It's Groundhog Day!" He tapes a half-hearted report on Punxsutawney Phil and the town's festivities. But as they return to Pittsburgh, the blizzard—the one that Phil predicted would miss the area—resolves the issue by blanketing the region in snow, stranding them in Punxsutawney. Phil shuns the celebrations and retires to bed early. Phil wakes to "I Got You Babe" and the same announcement from the radio, and soon discovers the day's events repeating exactly as before. He finds he is trapped in a time loop that no one else is seemingly aware of. Phil realizes there are no consequences for his actions, and behaves rambunctiously. However, Phil soon becomes depressed being stuck in the loop, leading him to find ways to commit suicide to end the loop. Even with his apparent deaths, he still wakes up to "I Got You Babe" on February 2. Phil tries to explain his situation to Rita, for whom he has feelings. Rita takes sympathy and they spend the entirety of one loop together, ending up falling asleep on Phil's bed that night. However, Phil still wakes up alone at the start of February 2. He decides to use his knowledge of the day's events to try to better himself and the lives of the townsfolks. Ultimately, on one loop, Phil eagerly attends the Groundhog Day festivities, and gives a very eloquent report broadcast by all of the other camera crews, amazing Rita. Phil and Rita spend the rest of the day together, with Phil impressing her with his apparent overnight transformation through his contributions to the festivities and helpful nature to the townsfolk. Phil tells her that no matter what happens, even if he is doomed to continue awakening alone each morning forever, he wants her to know that he is finally happy, because he loves her. They retire together to Phil's lodgings. Phil wakes to "I Got You Babe" again, but finds Rita is still in bed with him, and Punxsutawney covered in a fresh blanket of snow; it is February 3 and he has been able to escape the time loop. As they walk out together and marvel at the peaceful, beautiful town, Phil comments to Rita that they should live there. The story ends up with a happy ending.
Generally speaking, Phil is an unwelcome guy who despises his job, everyone around him, and even himself, which result in his unpopularity. He then falls into a series of loops, which could be divided into four parts. During the first several loops, he indulges himself in turbulent behaviour, such as binge drinking, one-night stands, and reckless driving, out of bore, confusion, and agony. As time goes by, he becomes familiar with everyone and everything in this small town. He begins to go after Rita with his accumulated knowledge of her through his tribulation and triumph in the process day in and day out. However, he can be attracted to her but he fails to make her lose her heart to him. Having been through the fatal hilarity, he is confronted with huge gloom that he is circulated in the very groundhog day meaninglessly. Hence, the third part is about how he tries to end himself by committing suicide, including electrocuting himself with a toaster in a bathtub and driving off a cliff. Even with his apparent deaths, he still wakes up to "I Got You Babe" on February 2. In the last few loops, he gives up on ending the day and learns how to play the piano, sculpt ice, and speak French, and learns to treat others genuinely. He becomes a positive man eventually and wins Rita over.
It is a pretty motivatonal story which describes different kinds of people, or different stages of a person’s life when stuck in loops where there seems to be no ends. Some abandon themselves and spend their days in pointless activities, some immerse themselves in great grief and collapse gradually, the other people never surrender and try to make everyday of their lives valuable, even if they know it well that life is endless while fleeting. It is a reflection of our normal life that is like “groundhog day”, yet it has an end. We are doing the same old things each day but many of us have given up to finding ourselves. To a certain extent, we are just some noisy sound of the system.
Unlike most underwhelming romance films, this one is unique since it involves a lot of thinking about human’s living status and gives the viewers a appropriate or disinterested answer, though in some way, The Matrix and Person of Interest later describe that better. It is middlebrow but remarkable. All in all, I think it deserves to be one of the best films of all times.
Is this a fantasy movie about philosophy or a funny movie about serious
love? Me, I prefer the love part, which may be easier than philosophy
for a 20-year-old girl to think about.
At the beginning, Phil enjoyed playing one night stand with pretty young ladies. Obviously, this kind of fun would reduce the loneliness that Phil had. What’s more, Phil had no responsibility for whatever he did since the lady would forget everything about Phil ‘tomorrow’.
Words have that people admire things that they lack most. Phil explained this saying by starting to adore Rita in his repeated jumbled life.
Rita was not a breathtaking lady. If she were a yard of cloth, she couldn’t be the gorgeous one displayed in window but the one whose texture is the most comfortable. She was a genuine lady who is gentle, kind and peaceful.
Rita and Phil had 3 chances to spend a night together.
First time, it was Phil’s delicated plan. He made full use of repeated time to know more about Rita and made progress ‘everyday’ to let her feel they match each other. At a very night, Rita went into Phil’s sweet trap finally. She thought they had much in common. But love cannot be planned. Rita had intuition that there must be something wrong. So the plan failed when Phil tried to break Rita’s rule of ‘step by step’.
Second time, I have to say, Phil was not the exactly person he used to be. After several attempts of suicide he began to think about the meaning of life. He managed to tell Rita truth and Rita decided to spend night with Phil to see what will happen in the next morning. It was a pleasant night with pity.
According to me, this was the first time that Phil shows respect to others. Being honest is one of the virtue and also a way to show respect. Honesty and respect are both invaluable while love is even more precious. Anyway, it was a good start, at least for friendship.
Before the successful third time, Phil changed a lot. An old man’s death was the milestone. Maybe is human nature to get rid of anything unhappy in his own day, especially death. But what matters is that by helping others, Phil learnt how to love: he showed sympathy by treating dying man delicious meal; care by catching following boy; warm-heart by fixing broken car for old ladies. And he learnt how to love himself; he became sculptor and piano player.
With honor, we witnessed a perfect man who is knowledgable, polite and welcomed by everyone. Rita followed in love with Mr. Perfect in only one day, the Groundhog Day. After this magic night, Phil eventually woke up on the morning of tomorrow.
Only people understand love entirely and contribute love to others deserve true love. All the day without love is the same. When then time love comes, it’s the start of a brand-new life.
while (Phil is still an jerk):
3, of course the groundhog driving.
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6, and every 'I've got you, baby' song, especially the one coming from the broken radio.
Bill Murray was bitten by the groundhog twice during shooting.
5, the therapy session.
Phil: People like blood sausage too, people are morons. ... Would you
like some blood sausages?
Rita: I like blood sausage.
4, the spade pounding in the telephone booth.
The scene where Phil picks up the alarm clock and slams it onto the floor didn't go as planned. Bill Murray slammed down the clock but it barely broke, so the crew bashed it with a hammer to give it the really smashed look. The clock actually continued playing the song like in the movie. (the toughest clock ever:)))
"Punxsutawney" is actually Woodstock, Illinoi.
早上跟Phil say hi的胖子，滚！