Bill Murray is at his wisecracking best in this riotous romantic comedy about a weatherman caught in a personal time warp on the worst day of his life! Teamed with a relentlessly cheery producer (Annie MacDowell) and a smart-aleck cameraman, TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. On his way out of town, Phil is caught in a giant blizzard - which he himself actually failed to predict - and finds himself stuck in a small town hell. Just when things couldn't get worse... they do! Phil wakes the next morning to find that it's Groundhog Day all over again... and again... and again.
Stuck in a time loop in a small town in upstate Pennsylvania, TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is doomed to re-live the same February day over and over and over again. How long? Seems to be 10 years+ of the same old, same old day, with the same old local characters – until he knows them, and himself, inside out. Despite the science fiction scenario, the film is a laugh-out-loud funny romance with Andie McDowell providing the love interest. Perhaps I've had a groundhog day experience too – I've seen the film many times now and it still makes me laugh. Great stuff – 5/5 stars. [Aside: Yes, Groundhog Day exists, Punxutawney exists (although the movie wasn't filmed there), and yes, the USA has some very strange customs...]
I watched this again after nearly twenty years, and considering it's a film in which the main character gets stuck in a time warp, I'm pleased to say it's still as good as it was all those years ago - truly a film that has not dated, and which comes across fresh and engaging even when you know the whole story. No need for details, other than great plot, great script, great performances = a classic.