Yes, it does feel like Bill Murray was in this space before, doesn’t it? But it’s hard to object to déjà vu when the subject is Groundhog Day, which ranks with Rushmore and Quick Change in the pantheon of Murray performances—and uses its metaphysical gimmick as a commentary on the Sisyphean ordeal of rising and shining each morning, even though you’re the same person in the same place you were yesterday. A personal anecdote: One summer I taught a class on filmmaking with this movie as an exhibit, and so I watched it week after week after week. I’m not tired of it. Not bad for a quadrupe. Laurelhurst.
- Best paired with: Woodchuck Hard Cider.
- Also showing: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Academy, Laurelhurst), Waiting for Superman (Laurelhurst, Kennedy School).