Thursday, February 2, 2017

Groundhog Day

An arrogant, egocentric Pittsburgh weatherman (Bill Murray) begrudgingly embarks on his annual trip to cover Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney along with his doltish cameraman (Chris Elliot) and a beautiful, high spirited producer (Andie MacDowell). Following a miserable day of small-town inanity, an unforeseen blizzard traps him for one more night and soon he finds himself living the same day over and over and over again. Harold Ramis' enduring modern classic is a clever and insightful morality play featuring Murray in top form though the ending favors cheesed out sentimentality and excessive pontification over laughs.
*** 1/2 out of ****