Teacher-Recommended Movie Review – Valentine’s Edition: Ms. Armstrong’s Groundhog Day!
by Lexi Harrison and Anna Doak
Groundhog Day, released in 1993, stars Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell as Phil Collins and Rita Hanson, a meteorologist and news producer from Pittsburgh. Phil, Rita, and Larry, a cameraman, travel to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to document the Groundhog Day festivities. During the trip, Phil continually makes comments about Punxsutawney and the “hicks” who live there, waiting for February 3rd and to return to Pittsburgh. On Groundhog Day, Phil’s pessimistic attitude comes through in his half-hearted report of Punxsutawney Phil’s observation and the town’s reaction. Getting fed up with what, in his opinion, is a ridiculous waste of time, Phil gets ready to leave Punxsutawney but is met with a blizzard that he predicted would not hit Pennsylvania. Phil reluctantly returns to his hotel and goes to sleep early, eagerly waiting for the blizzard to pass. When Phil wakes up the next day, he’s greeted with the same series of events as the previous day and quickly realizes that he is reliving Groundhog Day. Learning nothing from this repetition, Phil gets caught in a time-warp, and re-lives Groundhog Day 12,403 times. (We looked it up, neither of us is that good at math) The narrative continues as Phil pushes the limits of this time loop in which he is never able to escape Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on Groundhog Day.
I really liked this movie!! Mrs. Armstrong recommended Groundhog Day as a Valentine rom-com, and it delivered! Groundhog Day is filled with situational and scripted comedy and light romance. I would one hundred percent recommend Groundhog Day to anyone who likes Bill Murray or just really good movies in general! The acting is great, the actors themselves are great, and the plot is just really funny, especially for the situation.
Overall, we gave the movie an 8/10. Neither of us is a huge fan of romantic comedies, but this movie could hardly be considered that romantic. We’re giving Mrs. Armstrong something between a 9/10 and a 10/10 for her recommendation because we asked her pretty last-minute and the movie was good! Especially for Valentine’s Day and February! Thank you Mrs. Armstrong! Happy Valentine’s Day!