One more time

For Pennsylvanians, there is one holiday that holds great importance that, let's be honest, few other people around the country care about: Groundhog Day.

The annual Punxsutawney, Pa., party takes place Thursday, when groundhog Phil will emerge from his den to decide how much more winter we'll have to weather. This weekend is a great time to watch Harold Ramis' hilarious 1993 take about Pennsylvania's favorite forecaster (sorry, "Hurricane" Schwartz).

Phil Connors (Bill Murray) plays a narcissistic weatherman sent to cover Groundhog Day ("This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather") who is forced to relive the titular event so he can learn valuable life lessons (and earn the love of his comely producer, Rita, played by Andie MacDowell).

This movie is peak Murray, taking the self-absorbed comedic persona that he had been honing and has continued to hone and placing it within a romantic-comedy context. You can see how Murray has tweaked this persona as he has grown older and as his legend as a celebrity has evolved.

The best part is the film still holds up. There are few comedies that continue to work as well as this one, decades after its initial release. It's sweet and fun, and it's eminently quotable.

If you've seen the movie, you probably have the tune "I Got You Babe" stuck in your head after reading this. Real diehards, by the way, will be singing "Pennsylvania Polka." - Molly Eichel
Where to stream:
Hulu; for rent on other platforms including Amazon and iTunes.

Like this? Binge this: Revel in another of Bill Murray's great collaborations with Harold Ramis: Caddyshack (Netflix).