Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day ★★★★★

Groundhog Day is about as perfect a commercial movie as they come. In the hands of another director, the premise of an ever-repeating day could have turned stale after 15 minutes, but Ramis and the screenwriter inject enough spontaneity in the proceedings to prevent this from happening. The film has no right working as well as it does — the sheer volume of tones the movie attempts is kind of ridiculous if you think about it — which makes it all the more impressive when the credits start rolling and you realize that Ramis, Murray, and company have pulled it off with seeming effortlessness.

Groundhog Day's also remarkable as a showcase for Bill Murray's range. Murray is often funny but he stands out even more when the film tries, successfully, for profundity. It's a watershed moment for the actor, who would later go on to impress with more dramatic roles while working with Wes Anderson and Sofia Coppola. To those who were paying attention, all his talent, comedic and dramatic, is on display here.

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