What's Happening

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Phil starts using the time to improve himself, and the town. Over many repetitions he teaches himself numerous skills, and puts right those things that went wrong on the original day. This culminates in a single perfect day, which is enough to win Rita.

Morgan Wick: Does this make this a case of Set Right What Once Went Wrong?

Paul A: I think... no. Part of Set Right What Once Went Wrong is that it's a deliberate goal and the point of the exercise. Phil doesn't take on the powers with the intention of fixing things, nor does anybody say to him "I'm giving you time-looping powers, here's a to-do list". It's just something that happens.

Morgan Wick: But the part about fixing things that went wrong, is that the same as what's in the SRWOWW entry, or does the Groundhog Day gimmick change it?

KJ Mackley: Other Groundhog Day scenarios usually present it as something like Set Right What Once Went Wrong, but this film doesn't. It isn't the fact that he fixes things that breaks the loop, it is that he is concerned about those besides himself that breaks the loop. I think the original script has the timeloop explained as a curse by a gypsy or something, but they figured it trivialized the overall film by making it so simple and anvilicious.
Mac Phisto — I want to use this quote, but I can't seem to find where it applies:
Phil: This is pathetic. A bunch of people gathered out in the snow, to worship a giant rat. [raising his voice] You know in the old days, they used to drag the 'hog out, and eat it. [turns to the crowd] You're hypocrites! All of you!

Hi, isn't this film a deconstruction of Status Quo is God? Seems like that should be mentioned. (newbie JWF) ~~~~