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Groundhog Day (1993) | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

Groundhog Day is a 90’s romantic comedy classic, and it’s one of Bill Murray’s most memorable roles. The supporting cast was perfect and it’s still fun watching Murray trying to make the best of a terrible situation (and eventually succeeding).

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Groundhog Day

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Dusty: The end goal should be to serve other people and make others lives better. 

  • Serving yourself only, like Phil, doesn’t endear you to those around you.

Sky: Be aware of how others view you.

  • Everyone’s making fun of Phil behind his back (Larry: “Did he call himself the talent?”) and he has no idea people dislike him. How you are viewed by those around you is your own fault.

Bill Murray perfectly played a jerky weatherman in Phil Connors, and Andie MacDowell (as Rita) was a great love interest.

Dusty: Everyone hates self-centered people.

  • No wonder Phil is disliked by all his coworkers. It was great seeing his character develop through these 10+ years of endlessly repeating the same day.

Sky: Attitude is everything. 

  • When Rita told him, “Depends on how you look at it.” He realized that he was looking at this situation all wrong. This flipped a switch in his mind and he went from uncaring Phil to “let’s do some good” Phil.

Stephen Tobolowsky played Ned “Needlenose” Ryerson, a fun and memorable character.

Dusty: Become a piano mover so my kids can be awesome at piano.

  • Yep, osmosis works, people!

Sky: Try to be in-the-moment and you’ll enjoy life more.

  • Don’t think about the future or the past or about the unchangeable predicament you find yourself in.

Dusty’s favorite scene. “Don’t drive angry.”

 

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 88%
  • The Critics: 96%

Grades:

  • A from Sky
  • A+ from Dusty

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

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