Imagine retiring to bed on the night of Feb 2 and waking up the next morning to Feb 2, yet again! You get through this duplicated day in rising alarm, go to sleep and ...horror! It is Feb 2 again! Disbelief turns to disillusion. As another Feb 2 follows another Feb 2, you get wicked, rob a bank, seduce a woman, eat like a pig, drink like a fish, drive a car off a cliff, get killed, but unfailing wake up to a Feb 2 morning.
Groundhog Day makes an ingenious, comic and heartwarming fun life lesson of this preposterous, out-of-the-box idea. Bill Murray, plays the hapless celebrity TV weatherman experiencing this endless cycle, like he was born to do it. The lovely Andie MacDowell makes for a charming, intelligent heroine. Murray built an acting reputation on playing characters bored, irked and resigned to life. This film showcases that reputation.
'Groundhog Day' has since become a popular cultural term to imply routine, boredom, repetition and stagnancy.