Phil: What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?
Ralph: That about sums it up for me.
Groundhog day is one of my favorite movies of all time. Not only does it have one of the funniest actors ever, ( Bill Murray) it also has an element of truth to it as well.
In case you haven’t seen the movie I will give a synopsis of it. Bill Murray plays meteorologist Phil Connors.
A rather cynical and unhappy man . Phil Connors, his producer Rita, and a cameraman named Larry, travel from Pittsburgh to Punxsutawney , Pennsylvania.
They are there to cover the annual festivities, including if Punxsutawney Phil (groundhog) will see his shadow. The next day Phil and the crew decide to head back to Pittsburgh, only to be stopped by a terrible snow blizzard.
They have to head back to Punxsutawney to weather out the storm.
Each day is the same as the last – Groundhog Day Syndrome
Phil Connors sleeps in his bed in Punxsutawney and awakens the next morning to find out that it is February 2 again, and his day unfolds exactly the same way it did before.
This happens again the next day, and the next day, and so on. February 2 keeps repeating itself.
Phil, after rationalizing in his head that he is crazy, tries to use the knowledge of how his day will go to his advantage.
Because no matter what he says or does the next day will just reset itself back to February 2.
Phil basks in the situation for a time seducing women, robbing a bank truck, and driving drunk. He even kidnaps Punxsutawney Phil and drives his truck off of a cliff killing them both.
After failing at seducing his producer Rita (Andie MacDowell). Phil gives up and commits suicide several more times.
Later Phil is able to befriend Rita in a more sincere fashion.
He opens his heart to Rita telling her about how each morning he will wake up and it will be February 2 again, and she will forget all about their time together. Rita eventually helps Phil find a goal for his trapped life.
Phil decides to change from self-serving, to service to others.
He helps a homeless elderly man by keeping him warm and buying him food.
Phil saves a boy who fell from a tree and performs the Heimlich Maneuver on a man choking in a restaurant. Phil even changes a flat tire on a car while the people are still in it.
Phil also manages to learn to speak French, play the piano, and sculpt ice.
Eventually Phil becomes at peace with himself and is highly revered around town.
Finally after affirming his true love for Rita, one which she is able to accept, he wakes up and it is February 3. Phil’s journey is complete.
When I watched this movie well after its release date of 1993, it began to resonate with me.
Especially the part about being self-serving, and the other part about how life can seem to just repeat itself day after day like a time loop.
This movie actually inspired me to move beyond myself. I could see how beneficial it is to serve others as well as yourself. What you do for others you do for yourself.
Also I began to look closer at how my life was becoming one giant repeated pattern.
Get up, go to work, come home, eat, watch t.v., rinse and repeat. I like a little more variety in my life these days.
If you haven’t seen this movie I highly recommend it.
If you have, go ahead and watch Groundhog Day featuring Bill Murray. Groundhog day is just around the corner.
Update: My daffodils are already sprouting, let’s hope for an early spring.