Groundhog Day ★★★★

I was interested to see Groundhog Day when it came out in 1993, but like so many movies - especially of that era - I missed it. Kroger (our regional grocer) ran a video rental department in those days, and I bought one of their rental copies. It became kind of a running joke that I took so long to see it that I eventually made it a point not to watch it until its 10th anniversary in 2003. I did, and I got a kick out of it, just as I thought I would when I first saw it advertised.

I've caught part of it on TV here and there in the intervening decade, and I managed to miss a midnight screening of it earlier this year marking its 20th anniversary, but tonight was just my second full viewing of it. It's still a lot of fun, and it may actually be Bill Murray's finest comedic performance. He gets some terrific lines, such as:

"Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn't one today."
"Ned, I would love to stay here and talk with you... but I'm not going to."

Rita: "This day was perfect. You couldn't have planned a day like this."
Phil: "Well, you can. It just takes an awful lot of work."

Groundhog Day Re-Ranked on My Flickchart (#181/1597)

Groundhog Day > The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad --> #181
Groundhog Day > Summertime --> #181
Groundhog Day > Paris, je t'aime --> #181
Groundhog Day < Toy Story 2 --> #181
Groundhog Day < Raiders of the Lost Ark --> #181
Groundhog Day > Ocean's Eleven --> #174
Groundhog Day < Zombieland --> #174
Groundhog Day > Roman Holiday --> #167
Groundhog Day < Twister --> #167
Groundhog Day < Sleepy Hollow --> #167
Groundhog Day < Confessions of a Superhero --> #167

Groundhog Day was re-ranked on my Flickchart to #167/1597