7 August 2008

G is for Groundhog Day

'Groundhog Day' was a 1993 comedy film directed by Harold Ramis, and written by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis. Bill Murray plays Phil, an egocentric TV weatherman who is covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney. For reasons that are not revealed, Phil finds himself repeating the same day, 2nd February, over and over again. After exploring all the possibilities that living a life without consequences to your actions may produce, Phil begins to re-examine his life and priorities. In 2006, the film was added to the United States National Film Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." As a vehicle for Bill Murray, it's a funny film; however, as a morality tale it's a unique tale of self-improvement, becoming a favourite of many Buddhist, Christian and Jewish leaders for its themes of selflessness and rebirth. Some have called it the "most spiritual film of our time."

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