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).
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Lessons Learned from Groundhog Day
Listen to our episode on Groundhog Day
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%
- A from Sky
- A+ from Dusty
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