The Front Row View: Groundhog Day

The Front Row View is a regular column by Great Stories contributor Jim Cannizzaro.  He is a veteran community theater leading man, seasoned blogger, movie enthusiast, and family man.

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Okay,its February 2nd. Guess what Great Movie I’m recommending today? Okay, it’s February 2nd. Guess what Great Movie I’m recommending today? Okay, it’s February 2nd. Guess what Great Movie I’m recommending today? Heh heh, thassa little joke for ya. It’s the late Harold Ramis’ 1993 Groundhog Day, of course! Bill Murray gave one of his best performances as the cynical weatherman Phil who learns to become a better person by living through the same day repeated over and over. What could have been repetitive and dull was turned into a modern classic by Murray and a top-notch cast (especially Steven Tobolowsky as Needle-Nose Ned, a Nerd for the Ages), Ramis’ brisk direction and an inspired script (no doubt helped along by Murray’s legendary improvising). I remember having a particularly lousy day at work, then going to seeing this and getting cheered right up (love Murray’s interactions with the B and B’s hostess). Saying that it has the ability to make a viewer happy is just about the highest compliment that can be paid to a movie!

-Jim

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