Life on a Loop: The Enduring Appeal of Groundhog Day

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    Few films have entered the cultural imagination as pervasively as Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993). The title itself has become a kind of linguistic shorthand, referring to the sense of being trapped in some kind of undesirable recurring situation. Yet while the central narrative conceit may seem overwhelmingly familiar by now, the film itself remains a tangled web of contradictions: a high-concept romantic comedy with a surprising amount of pathos and a genuinely dark undercurrent. In hindsight, it represents a career highlight for its stars, Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, as well as for its director. It is also a work of rich thematic depth, and provides a useful entry point for considerations of altruism, happiness, and deeper existential and metaphysical concerns.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)124-128
    Number of pages5
    JournalScreen Education
    Issue number88
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018


    • Motion pictures-- analysis
    • Culture--Social Aspects
    • Motion pictures-- reviews


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