The ’90s Nostalgia Project: Groundhog Day

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I’M BACK!

Good Lord, it’s been too long.  This summer, as you all probably know, has been absolutely bonkers, so this blog kind of fell by the wayside — but I’m catching up now!  I’ve got quite a few posts coming your way in the next little bit.  First up is the Groundhog Day livetweet post I’ve had in my drafts for literal months.  Here we go:

  • alright folks I know it’s a weird time of night to start livetweeting a movie but ya girl has always been a night owl SO
  • here comes Groundhog Day.
  • this Columbia Pictures logo I can’t
  • (trying not to think of the fact that I’m only slightly younger than that particular manifestation of the Columbia logo)
  • anyway this woodwind ensemble is killing the game
  • and at this point I’m just assuming the story is going to start with a parade because that and a high school band competition (1/2)
  • (2/2) are the only scenarios in which this tuba oompah business makes any sense.
  • don’t let me down, man, I’m expecting greatness
  • it’s oddly comforting that they thought real estate in California was expensive back then too
  • though that line def had the side effect of cementing Bill Murray’s character’s name as “Captain Obvious” in the treacherous back of my head
  • “but look out, here comes trouble” – and doesn’t that just describe every weather forecast in Tulsa, OK
  • me re: Bill Murray’s character re: meteorology
  • lawl at the subtle mention of Punxsutawney in the background of the weather report, tho
  • oh hi clunky exposition
  • oooooh so Phil’s been covering this Groundhog Day hullabaloo for 4 years, let’s just file that under Totally Not A Meta Statement Wink Wink
  • “for your information, hairdo, there is a major network interested in me”
    “yeah, that would be the Home Shopping Network”
    OHHHHHH MY GOD
  • BURN OF THE ’90S RIGHT THERE HOLY GOD
  • I feel like there’s something Super Meta to be said about the fact that Rita’s first closeup shot is of her superimposed on the weather map
  • but I can’t quite get a handle on it so I’ll just leave it there for now
  • RITA YOU DORK
  • goofing off in front of the blue screen, I can’t
  • darn it she’s so My Type
  • anyways.
  • also filing for future reference the fact that the TV is the site of initial scene transition…
  • oh is THAT who’s to either blame or praise for this soundtrack (not sure yet, reserving judgment)
  • at first I was like “wow this interstitial music is on the nose” and then I was like ok it was probably specifically composed for this movie
  • (filed under things to investigate later)
  • Phil is so done with this provincial superstitious groundhog stuff and tbh I don’t blame him
  • of course Andie MacDowell’s character is Into These Local Stories (tbh endearingly so… I’ve only heard like six words from her but still)
  • oh dear god I know this wasn’t filmed in Broken Arrow but it absolutely reminded me of Main St. in Broken Arrow for a second
  • how does Bill Murray somehow look exactly the same, 24 years ago, as he does now
  • tfw putting up with jerkish men and sexual harassment is still a normal part of your job
  • @ Captain Obvious get tf out of here with your “pelvic tilt” comments for real
  • “did he actually call himself ‘the talent’?”
    anonymous crew person you are my IDOL
  • wait I would actually totally live in a place like this though
  • it’s so much like one of my childhood dollhouses — the balcony, the general gingerbread structure
  • I’m just going to note now that the main character has the same first name as the legendary groundhog and I’m a fool for not noticing before
  • the question of whether Phil Connors sees his shadow will be great to explore once I’ve actually watched the whole movie
  • wait do groundhogs actually oink
  • (a surprisingly crucial question, at least in the moment)
  • apparently not, so screw you, alarm-clock radio station
  • “is there any possibility of getting an espresso or cappuccino?”
    “oh, I don’t know…”
    “…how to spell espresso or cappuccino?”
  • when you realize that although your previous meteorology classes just came in handy, nobody else cares about weather
  • “sure as heckfire” omg I love you already, random character
  • wait is this the doctor in One Day At a Time or am I imagining things
  • ??????????
  • I KNEW IT
  • oh, Ned and Phil went to high school together, that explains EXACTLY why Phil either doesn’t remember or acknowledge that friendship
  • if it was even a friendship in the first place, rather, instead of “oh hey let’s get through high school together”
  • “I sell insurance”
    “what a shock”
    oh man
  • whaddaya want to bet life insurance will be important at some point in the plot
  • “I’ll walk with ya” — oh dear god
  • when you have this nasty feeling this washed-up insurance salesman will be important to the plot later
  • “I’ve got friends of mine who live and die by the actuarial tables” — and that somehow DOESN’T scare you, future Leslie Berkowitz???
  • “what are you doing for dinner?”
    “something else”
    omg.
  • filed under “people could only get away with that in a movie”
  • OR NOT lmao Phil just stepped in a giant puddle and Ned is all “hashtag karma”
  • this echoey oompah music is downright haunting though
  • there are no middle tones to it, unlike with the school band orchestra earlier. nothing to balance the melody.
  • “a giant leech got me” you overly metaphorical little…
  • “they’re hicks, Rita” — oh my dear sweet lord
  • “sleep okay without me?” k I’m gonna need you to stop right there mister
  • hmmmmmm I feel like there’s a lot to be interpreted from that sign complaining Punxsutawney is the “weather capital of the world”
  • this poor lil groundhog, having to put up with all these oompahs
  • is that even a living groundhog or just some sleight of hand
  • MORE WINTER, THAT’S RIGHT, WELCOME TO LIFE IN THE RELATIVE NORTH YA WEAKLINGS
  • LOL @ THE DUDE WHO HELD UP HIS SPANGLY RED BLIZZARD SIGN FOR A HOT MINUTE
  • don’t worry, blizzard dude, I still appreciate your hard work
  • snow starting as the news van leaves town, hmmm
  • and the snow plow goes back towards Punxsutawney, by implication — now THAT is interesting
  • “perhaps it’s that giant blizzard we’re not supposed to get”– I feel bad for not remembering that dude’s name bc he’s slaying this comeback
  • “nobody honks this horn but me, pal” — oh WOW
  • is there an Oscar for Best Retorts bc I mean…
  • no you gENIUS WHY ARE YOU LEAVING THE CAR DURING AN APPARENT BLIZZARD
  • I DON’T BELIEVE THAT MAN’S EVER BEEN TO METEOROLOGY SCHOOL
  • “don’t you listen to the weather?” k I take back everything, THIS is the biggest burn of the movie
  • WAIT THIS SHOWER SCHTICK IS SO THOUGH
  • and so it begins.
  • huh, it’s striking that Phil remembers yesterday’s events and specific wording that well
  • [insert break of a few days here]
  • alright folks so I fell asleep last time I tried to watch Groundhog Day, whoops — so here we go again! (ha. ha ha.)
  • oh how nice, Google, you remembered exactly where I stopped last time
  • the penny is dropping
  • that is some hideous wallpaper
  • wait did all these other actors have to mimic their previous mannerisms exactly? or are they all stuck in the time loop too but not aware?
  • whose in-universe idea was it to name the big park thing “Gobbler’s Knob”
  • and is it actually named that in the real Punxsutawney
  • oh god and living this day over again means Phil keeps having to meet not-Dr. Berkowitz
  • omg
    “I need someone to give me a good hard slap in the face”
    and Rita just hauls off and does it. I love her
  • “if you need any help with the other cheek, let me know, I’m right here” — why is every single line in this movie so
  • I want to know how many takes they needed for those shower bits
  • gotta hand it to the guy, he’s at least seeking help — trying to be logical about this
  • hang on is this Adrien Brody
  • nope. David Pasquesi, apparently
  • and suddenly I want to go bowling.
  • man, dude’s just completely ceased to care about who knows about this thing
  • if this movie were set in 2017 he’d probably be all like “bro I’m reliving the same day over and over” to his Uber driver
  • and in fairness I doubt it’d be the weirdest thing a passenger has said to an Uber driver
  • “what would you do if you were stuck in one place and everything is exactly the same?”
  • “friends don’t let friends drive, right?” snort
  • bowling alley guy #2 you aren’t in any condition to be driving either probably
  • lemme guess this is gonna be the timeline in which they all die in a car crash
  • oops, no, this is the one where they go full Grand Theft Auto
  • whoa hold up it’s late at night but there’s no blizzard
  • does it just hit outside of town and take out all the highways that way?
  • why tf is the police car FOLLOWING THEM onto the railroad tracks bruh your flashing lights won’t stop you from getting yeeted by a train
  • PHIL THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE CAR WITH YOU
  • k but did the police car swerve in time
  • I’m honestly amazed drunk guy #1 over here didn’t actually vomit during any of that
  • what a way to end a car chase, crashing into a giant wooden groundhog model
  • oosh, that shot of Phil in jail just before he wakes up again.
  • is it a little on the nose? maybe. am I a fan regardless? yes.
  • DUDE NO
  • (this time I purposely included my reflection in the picture so I could judge Phil)
  • *sings while badly playing a guitar* don’t sexually harass people while they’re at woooork… or ever for that matter, la la la~
  • wait was this gal in the last few repetitions?
  • also did they reuse the footage of Ned initially calling to Phil or is Stephen Tobolowsky *just that good*
  • I keep having this issue and I feel like it’s fitting on a meta level
  • this look is so ’90s but I’m so attached to it regardless
  • oh dear god Rita just quoted Sir Walter Scott. this is a Situation
  • 😒 I just know this is not going to turn out well
  • he asked her which high school she went to/who her English teacher was and I’m so sure he’s going to use that info tomorrow to hit on her
  • sleaze.
  • this lady over here gettin’ down to the oompah music
  • wait is that the same pink sweater lady from yesterday
  • yep, exactly as expected. and he didn’t even wait till the diner, either. 😒😒😒
  • COME ON
  • like that is just Too Much
  • k anyway we’re back. again.
  • (had to take a few minutes to process that tbh)
  • omg Nancy
    “gaaAAAAaaaaAAAAAAAASH! HOW ARE YOU?”
  • STOP BEING CREEPY YOU LIMP OVERBOILED ASPARAGUS
  • yep. that went exactly where I thought it would.
  • hold on, I gotta go roll my eyes so hard I see my own brainstem
  • alright, back to business.
  • the hell does Nancy even see in him, like yes this is Bill Murray from 24 years ago but he’s still Bill Murray
  • OH SH– HE JUST CALLED HER RITA
  • Local Man Messed Up Bad and Knows It
  • “what is this, some kinda one-night stand?” oh hon.
  • dear god Phil deployed the L-word. save me from all this hetero ridiculousness
  • “this is gonna seem sudden, but–” ya think?
  • JESUS JAMES K. POLK CHRIST HE JUST PROPOSED. WHAT IN THE JOHN TYLER HELL IS THIS
  • @ Nancy: girl, RUN
  • SHE SAID YES (ish) AND HE IMMEDIATELY CALLED HER RITA AGAIN I’M HOWLING
  • omg it’s the next day and Phil highkey just robbed an armored truck
  • that’s, uh, one hell of an escalation.
  • in any other case I’d say “don’t buy the flashy car after you rob the truck, you knob” but tbh what does it matter this time
  • bruh… you could have bought ANYTHING with your spoils and you chose some knockoff Steve-Martin-esque Magnificent Seven cosplay?
  • fine, sure, whatever
  • hang on is this Nancy in the maid costume or someone else
  • “I told you, call me Bronco” — look, dude, I get that you’re going stir-crazy, but that’s still extra as f
  • nice.
  • that is just such a good shot
  • “the whole world is about to explode, what do you do?” ouch.
  • great now he’s giving Rita the casual yet still mildly sleazy third degree.
  • ugh stop
  • I love how this time loop makes Phil feel like he has carte blanche to say whatever awkward creepy stuff he wants, and by love I mean hate
  • christ, not again. I’m gonna make some dinner and stew in my Phil-Connors-induced irritation. brb, folks.
  • RIGHT, dinner has been had, an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been watched, I’m ready to jump back into the douchefest that is this movie
  • (I needed to cleanse my palate by watching some not-terrible men on screen)
  • oh my god and this diner scene got even more terrible literally right away
  • how do I still have almost an hour of this movie left
  • um, Rita? I guarantee you could find all those qualities of your dream man much more easily in a woman
  • just, you know, putting that out there
  • oh you little son of a bitch you PURPOSELY SABOTAGED THE VAN ARE YOU KIDDING ME
  • for real I find this whole “man learns everything about woman and surprises her with that knowledge to woo her” time travel trope abhorrent
  • I refuse to watch About Time for that exact reason — that crap literally happens in *the trailer*
  • it’s just so profoundly dishonest to me, if not downright predatory
  • gotta hand it to Bill Murray, though, that face journey he went on after drinking the vermouth thing was wonderfully subtle
  • that bartender knows something’s up, man
  • suddenly tempted to spite-study 19th-century French poetry purely because this douchewaffle laughed when Rita said she studied it
  • have I mentioned lately that I really really really hate this guy
  • okay I’m definitely having Internet problems. stand by, technical difficulties
  • and we’re back!
  • THIS MF LEARNED FRENCH OVER GOD KNOWS HOW MANY LOOPS TO IMPRESS RITA Y’ALL I’M DEAD
  • granted, what else does he really have to do
  • wishing I could join in this snowball fight and dunk on Phil Connors tbh
  • this gazebo they’re dancing in looks like it’s decked out for Christmas not February
  • so this is definitely a and I am definitely a fan
  • I can’t tell if Rita seriously thinks Phil’s room is “just lovely” or if she’s deadpanning
  • oh spare me all this kissing
  • she is soft-no-ing him all over the place and he is not having it and I’m not having ANY OF THIS
  • dear god I am so uncomfortable right now
  • that’s right, Rita, let the penny drop
  • ugh and even after she sees through his crap (as much as she plausibly can) then he’s STILL trying
  • I AM SO UNCOMFORTABLE RIGHT NOW
  • miss me with the sad pensive sax music pls
  • BRUH!!!!!
  • ha, I guessed right 😏
  • can the entire rest of the movie just be Phil impressing all these older people with his knowledge of the day’s Jeopardy episode
  • oh my god I hate this guy so much
  • good lord, how many loops does he go through, though? he’s a terrible person but that’s still rough
  • is he about to straight-up murder the groundhog
  • no. no, he’s letting it drive. file that under “deeply symbolic”
  • oh my god he’s gonna drive the truck off a cliff.
  • OH NO. DUDE. I THINK HE JUST PUNTED THE GROUNDHOG OFF A CLIFF
  • nope. never mind. he drove the truck off a cliff.
  • UM OKAY THIS IS GETTING MORE DISTURBING BY THE SECOND
  • not gonna bother narrating this part in any way
  • and if it couldn’t get any worse the MF just outed some poor kid.
  • *as if, whoops
  • gonna take a wild guess here: eventually he’ll get the bright idea to Quantum Leap this entire town and that’s how he’ll get out of the loop
  • most of these people are not nearly freaked enough that this rando knows so much about them
  • oh and now he’s telling Rita about herself, accompanied by cutesy flute music. spare me, please.
  • god, six months?
  • at least he’s expressing some degree of self-awareness?
  • riddle me this, how come Andie MacDowell ends up in so many different outfits over the course of this movie
  • like she was definitely wearing a white collared shirt rather than that scoop neck thing a bit ago
  • that is a creepily ocular pattern on the window-ice
  • god, sorry, more technical difficulties, let’s keep going
  • if this slow camera pan reveals Phil and Rita in bed I’m going to riot
  • …………….well at least they’re just reading poetry?
  • tentatively reassured by what appears to be genuine character development
  • ah yes FINALLY we get to the Quantum Leap timeline
  • god, I should know what this piano piece is, I think I’ve played it before
  • ok but did he actually talk to Ned Ryerson this time
  • man, ya disappointed this poor kid, this definitely isn’t the Quantum Leap timeline
  • I get wanting piano lessons, but damn
  • ………………….this is gay
  • and I am loving it
  • now, see, getting good at every possible skill is what I’d do if I were stuck in a time loop
  • literally just yelled “USE YA FRIGGIN DAMPER PEDAL” at the screen
  • dude’s trying to play some…………… Ravel piece? I can’t remember what it is — and he’s not using the damper pedal like come ON
  • lawl *now* he’s bro-ing it up with Ned
  • and after a weirdly long hug with some back-rubbing involved, Ned runs off in what I can only assume is a gay panic
  • oh nooooooooooooooo the homeless man died after Phil took him to the hospital
  • as much as anybody can really die in this movie
  • oh god he just died again
  • yep, here comes the Quantum Leap timeline. at long last.
  • YAY THE VEST IS BACK
  • wait wait back up. y’all mean to tell me there was a hoppin’ SWING DANCE on this day this whole movie and we’re only now seeing it?
  • man I would have been hitting that up every night
  • oh holy crap Phil Connors is playing blues piano.
  • mark that down as the first time in this movie that he’s actually impressed me.
  • oh my god they’re doing a jazz rendition of whatever classical piece from earlier GET OUT THIS IS MY JAM
  • wtf this is amazing
  • oh dear god a bachelor auction
  • and there’s a bidding war over Phil, because of course.
  • holy god, Rita
  • omg. he straight-up just Michelangelo’d her face in an ice sculpture
  • um not to be the buzzkill but that “I love you” is just as sudden as the last one, Phil, cool your jets
  • yay, he’s broken out of the time loop!
  • “let’s live here!”
    ………..bro.
    you can’t be serious.

WHOOSH, there we have it!  Next up will be another Buffy post, so stay tuned!

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