Groundhog Day and the 10 Most Absurd “Time Loops” in Cinema | Vanity Fair Italy

Today, Canada and the United States celebrate the Groundhog Day (Groundhog Day). Famous holiday also here in Italy thanks to film by Harold Ramis, I’m starting over. The delicious comedy written by Danny Rubin with Bill Murray condemned to relive, over and over again, the same day that debuted in theaters 30 years ago. The comedian plays Bill Connors: an egocentric TV weatherman reluctantly sent to the small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, for a report on the traditional Groundhog Day, in tandem with a producer who has the face (and voluminous hair) of Andie MacDowell. By a twist of fate, our protagonist will find himself trapped in a time loop in the «cursed» Groundhog Day: every morning, at 06.00 sharp, he is woken up by the radio which always plays the same song (I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher).

While it didn’t stand out at the box office, where it managed to scrape together just $70 million globally, I’m starting over has become over time little classic from the 90s thanks also to its “Dickensian” message; the grumpy protagonist on his way to redemption reminds us of Scrooge from Christmas Carol (played, by the way, by Murray himself in the re-reading SOS Ghosts). The film has entered the collective imagination to such an extent that “groundhog day” has turned overseas into slang when you want to indicate a particularly monotonous day. The original narrative structure of I’m starting over influenced the most varied adaptations: here, the 10 craziest “time loops” of the screen, from Palm Springs to the series Russian Doll.

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