The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

Cue the Sonny & Cher, because Groundhog Day is back once again, and again, and again…

Bill Murray is at his crotchety best as Phil Connors, a weatherman who reluctantly goes out to cover the annual emergence of Punxsutawney Phil from his hole. Unfortunately for him, he gets mysteriously caught in a time loop that finds him doomed to relive the same day over and over again. At first exhausted by this phenomenon, Phil quickly realizes there are several ways to use it to his advantage – but what if the only way to break the loop is for this selfish man to do the right thing?

With a supporting cast that includes Chris Elliott, Andie MacDowell, and Stephen Tobolowsky as Ned “It’s a doozy!” Ryerson, Groundhog Day is an original comedy with a cleverly existentialist bent.

“With his shifts from smugness to weirdness to some kind of local heroism, Murray controls the picture throughout.” – Malcolm Johnson, Hartford Courant

“Ramis and Murray achieve a harmony of wit and wisdom that works so effortlessly on you, on us all, the phrase “Groundhog Day” in American vernacular has become a synonym for déjà vu.” – Rubin Safaya, Cinemalogue

“A movie that continually replays a single day could quickly become tedious but, strangely enough, Groundhog Day never does.” – Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel