An egotistical TV weatherman travels to small town Pennsylvania to cover their annual Groundhog Day celebrations, but finds himself trapped in time and living the same day over and over again.
The premise of Groundhog Day is one of those ideas that seems so obvious that you can’t believe someone didn’t have it sooner; which is often the mark of genius. Like a cross between A Christmas Carol and Rashomon, a wonderfully sardonic Bill Murray finds himself reliving the same day and typically of this kind of Hollywood feelgood movie, grows as a person as a result. Also typically of this genre, it’s actually a lot funnier while he is being a douche bag, but thanks to a great performance by its star, nice direction from Harold Ramis and a witty and inventive script, it never descends too far into outright schmaltz.
One of the best comedies of its type that – ironically enough – has been copied over and over and over again.