February 2, 2005

CLASSIC (via John Thacker):

Review: of Groundhog Day (Brothers Judd)

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 2, 2005 7:10 AM

I saw it for the first time a few months ago. Great film with a message that's actually worth heeding.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at January 28, 2005 7:50 PM

A movie that has a permanent spot on my tivo.

Posted by: some random person at January 28, 2005 7:59 PM

Anyone who likes the film should read Replay by Ken Grimwood:


Imagine Groundhog Day not with a 24-hour cycle but with a 25-year cycle, starting in 1963. And what if more than one person is experiencing this? All the qualities of Groundhog Day, and more.

Too bad that Hollywood might not make a movie of this fascinating book, because people are likely to think it's a ripoff of Groundhog Day, though it predates the movie.

Posted by: PapayaSF at January 28, 2005 8:33 PM

The movie's a ripoff of William Dean Howells:


Posted by: oj at January 28, 2005 8:48 PM

I enjoy the flick as much as anyone, but what in the world has it done to merit the cover of National Review in 2005?

Posted by: Semolina at January 28, 2005 9:57 PM

> I enjoy the flick as much as anyone, but what in the world has it done to merit the cover of National Review in 2005?

Today (2/2) is Groundhog Day. Isn't that reason enough?

Posted by: Guy T. at February 2, 2005 8:40 AM

The movie is great and it was the February 2, 2005 cover of National Review.

National Review has competitors as well -- i.e. the Weekly Standard, so NR has increased its "fun" factor in recent years.

Posted by: AML at February 2, 2005 8:42 AM

The story is Jonah Goldberg's long-form version of some shorter on-line stories he's written in praise of the movie over the past several years. Bill Murray should have gotten his first Oscar nomination for this one, instead of having to wait another decade for "Lost In Translation" to come out.

Posted by: John at February 2, 2005 9:24 AM

Filmed in my hometown of Woodstock, IL.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at February 2, 2005 10:28 AM

My wife loves it. It is good but not Bill's best.

According to the review: "Does the very concept of Bill Murray and Harold Ramis making one of the great films of all time strike you as too absurd for words?"

No, it doesn't. But doesn't this question belong on a review of a truly great movie like Stripes or Ghostbusters?

Posted by: Bob at February 2, 2005 12:38 PM