Andie MacDowell

Groundhog Day (1993)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

Groundhog Day (1993)

Director:

Harold Ramis

Writers:

Danny Rubin

Harold Ramis

Starring:

Bill Murray

Andie MacDowell

Chris Elliot

Stephen Tobolowsky

Blurb:

A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.

Thoughts:

I didn’t realize until my recent re-watch that I have this entire movie memorized. It would be one of the easier movies to memorize since so much is repeated, but I hadn’t known I could do it before.

Groundhog Day is a fun movie and I can easily see myself doing just about everything he did, although, having this happen while single and with kids is clearly the way to do it. I don’t even want to think about what this could be like with kids.

The humor in the movie is dark, understandably so, and Bill Murray’s sarcastic humor adds to it. I could do without the “romance” in the plot. Rita is boring on so many levels and him trying to be a better person to deserve her rubs me the wrong way. I like to think that she’s the catalyst that gets him on the path but that he ultimately does it for himself and not her.

This is a film I can come back to over and over and I enjoy it each time I do. Groundhog Day is definitely a classic and most years I’m not content to watch it just once. Obviously, not getting rid of this one, and highly recommend it.

Christmas Inheritance (2017)

Christmas Inheritance (2017)

Director:

Ernie Barbarash

Starring:

Eliza Taylor

Jake Lacy

Andie MacDowell

Plot:

Before ambitious heiress Ellen Langford can inherit her father’s gift business, she must deliver a special Christmas card to her dad’s former partner in Snow Falls, the hometown she never knew. When a snowstorm strands her at the town inn, she’s forced to work for her keep, and in the process, finds romance and discovers the true gift of Christmas.

Review:

Christmas Inheritance started off with Ellie, Eliza Taylor, performing a cartwheel and flashing her underwear to everyone. Not exactly a glowing start. It wasn’t necessarily downhill from there, but it definitely didn’t improve.

The acting and premise were both great for a Christmas movie but the writing was pretty bad. The dialog specifically was very groan worthy. I was really disappointed because the production value was clearly more than most Christmas movies, but they really dropped the ball with relationship development.

Ellie is a good person, but she’s been spoiled. She’s given a task to prove to her father that she’s capable, it’s silly and doesn’t really prove anything and if all you had to do was deliver a letter to become CEO everyone would be doing it, but this is a Christmas movie turn off your brain.

What bothers me is the “romance” that was supposed to develop. There was no chemistry between the two leads. I did appreciate the fact that she stopped him from kissing her since she was engaged and the fiancé didn’t seem that bad just from first impressions. He of course showed up and revealed himself to be a true “city person,” but I don’t fault him for his actions. He was engaged to someone who acted a certain way and then completely changed once exposed to a different world. Whatever, their relationship ended quickly and she ran back to the new guy.

Dead parent, check.

Discovering the true meaning of Christmas, check.

Carolers, check.

Horrible past relationship, check.

Honestly, I was tempted not to give this movie the extra Christmas movie star because it annoyed me so much, but whatever, maybe I wasn’t in the right mood.

3/5

Re-watch: Groundhog Day (1993)

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day (1993)

Director:

Harold Ramis

Starring:

Bill Murray

Andie MacDowell

Chris Elliot

Plot:

A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again.

Review:

This is the start of my romance movie marathon for the month. It’s not a conventional romance, but it’s there! I promise. Plus there’s the added bonus of Groundhog Day being February 2nd and it’s the 3rd.

I’ve watched Groundhog Day many, many times. It’s not the normal Bill Murray comedy, but it has it’s comedy elements. From what I’ve read Murray wanted the movie to be more serious than it was, but Ramis wanted more of a comedy. Even with the tug of war going on in the background I think it’s an excellent film.

Phil, Bill Murray, is an arrogant, self-absorbed, weatherman at the start of the film. After thousands of repeated days he discovers that way down deep inside he’s not a bad guy. It took him a while, but after he slept with all available attractive women, ate and smoked whatever he wanted, killed himself a few different ways, he got around to self-improvement. Probably exactly what I would do too, minus the killing myself. Maybe.

Unlike 12 Days of Christmas I really think that Phil probably stuck with the new and improved version of himself. After that much time, stuck in the same place, learning so many new skills, and obtaining so much knowledge, I think he would have to be changed to his core.

I like the fact that he pursued Rita, Andie MacDowell, so persistently and she always shot him down. It wasn’t until he “found” himself that she really did anything with him romantically. I know he sort of melded himself to be the man she wanted but along the way I think (hope) he started doing it for himself.

If you’ve somehow managed to live your life without seeing this movie it’s time to change that.

5/5