31 August 2011

Fishy's Film Reviews - Groundhog Day



Then put your little hand in mine
there ain't no hill or mountain we can't climb.

Babe,
I got you babe,
I got you babe.


Info
Certificate – PG
Running time – 101 minutes
Version Reviewed – Doovdé
Scene after the credits – Nope
Cast –
Bill Murray as Phil
Andie MacDowell as Rita
Chris Elliott as Larry
Stephen Tobolowsky as Ned
Scooter as The Groundhog





Then put your little hand in mine
there ain't no hill or mountain we can't climb.

Babe,
I got you babe,
I got you babe.

Info
Certificate – PG
Running time – 101 minutes
Version Reviewed – Doovdé
Scene after the credits – Nope
Cast –
Bill Murray as Phil
Andie MacDowell as Rita
Chris Elliott as Larry
Stephen Tobolowsky as Ned
Scooter as The Groundhog





Then put your little hand in mine
there ain't no hill or mountain we can't climb.

Babe,
I got you babe,
I got you babe.

Info
Certificate – PG
Running time – 101 minutes
Version Reviewed – Doovdé
Scene after the credits – Nope
Cast –
Bill Murray as Phil
Andie MacDowell as Rita
Chris Elliott as Larry
Stephen Tobolowsky as Ned
Scooter as The Groundhog

Right, stop that!... its just silleh!



The plot
A weather man is reluctantly sent to cover a story about a weather forecasting "rat" (as he calls it). This is his fourth year on the story, and he makes no effort to hide his frustration.

On awaking the 'following' day he discovers that it's Groundhog Day again, and again, and again.

First he uses this to his advantage, then comes the realisation that he is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the same people do the same thing EVERY day.

What's right with it?
The whole concept of it!!!

What would you do if you woke up and it was the same day and everything from the night before was reset?

You would try anything knowing full well that it wouldn’t matter in the morning. But after a while it stops being fun and you would try anything just to stop it. This is explored in the movie to a degree but doesn’t get too dramatic about it, this is a comedy after all

What’s wrong with it?
That fucking Polka music!
“Strike up the music the band has begun, The Pennsylvania Polka”
It’s heard countless times throughout the film, just gets on my nerves >_<

Phil’s tricks to getting the ladies into bed feels a bit lechy

Best Scene?


Best Quotes?
Phil: Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today.

Phil Connors: Excuse me, where is everybody going?
Fan on Street: To Gobbler's Knob. It's Groundhog Day.
Phil Connors: It's still just once a year, isn't it?

Phil: I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset, we made love like sea otters. *That* was a pretty good day. Why couldn't I get *that* day over, and over, and over...

Bonus Trivia
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

Phil at the piano teacher's house, when he is fumblingly playing Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paginini", is actually Bill Murray playing. He does not read music, but he learned that much of the song by ear.

Not filmed in Punxsutawney, but actually in Woodstock, Illinois. The "clocks" restaurant seen throughout the film is now a Starbucks ;_;

There are a minimum of 34 separate Groundhog Days actually depicted onscreen in the film. According to director Harold Ramis it goes on for about 30 to 40 years

Verdict
It’s a classic

I’ve watched it countless times, you should too

So if you like this film review and like the film, hell, even if you didn't like it - Tell me why in the comments or on facebook or twitter

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