History YMMV / GroundhogDay

26th Aug '17 9:03:01 PM Pren
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* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The song "Hope" in the musical, which covers Phil's period of repeatedly killing himself. It uses various techniques and a generous helping of visual misdirection to switch Phil's actor out with another so he can keep leaving the stage, and then pop out of his bed a second later.
18th May '17 8:40:46 AM Pren
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* HarsherInHindsight: Despite the film's tremendous success, Danny Rubin has never sold another screenplay due to his refusal to allow his work to be altered at all. It took adapting the story into a stage musical almost three decades later for him to have another success.
11th May '17 10:52:00 PM warner14
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* NightmareFuel: Just the concept of being stuck doing the same day for weeks, months or even '''years''' is absolutely ''horrifying''.
3rd Feb '17 3:58:51 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Ned Ryerson, chiefly because Steven Tobolowsky nails the right amount of NiceGuy {{Pollyanna}} charm that would annoy Phil and amuse the viewer.
* EpilepticTrees: One of the more outlandish theories is that Phil was trapped in Groundhog Day for ''several thousand years''. (Although in an earlier, discarded draft of the script, he ''was''.) Harold Ramis estimates that it was closer to about 30-40 years.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Ned Ryerson, chiefly because Steven Tobolowsky Creator/StevenTobolowsky nails the right amount of NiceGuy {{Pollyanna}} charm that would annoy Phil and amuse the viewer.
* EpilepticTrees: One of the more outlandish theories is that Phil was trapped in Groundhog Day for ''several thousand years''. (Although in an earlier, discarded draft of the script, he ''was''.) Harold Ramis Creator/HaroldRamis estimates that it was closer to about 30-40 years.



* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: Harold Ramis has pointed out that people tell him this film is an obvious allegory for (insert religion of choice here) where Phil breaks the loop after following said religion's key principles.

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* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: Harold Ramis Creator/HaroldRamis has pointed out that people tell him this film is an obvious allegory for (insert religion of choice here) where Phil breaks the loop after following said religion's key principles.
2nd Feb '17 9:07:34 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** Though the nature of the reincarnation loop itself and the fact that his goal is to escape it fits Buddhism better than any other religion.

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** Though the nature of the reincarnation loop itself and the fact that his goal is to escape it fits Buddhism UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}} better than any other religion.
2nd Feb '17 4:36:40 PM dinobotTM2
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** WhatCulture made a reasonable calculation [[http://whatculture.com/film/just-how-many-days-does-bill-murray-really-spend-stuck-reliving-groundhog-day of about 34 years.]]
25th Jun '16 6:59:57 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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** One ''Washington Post'' critic deemed it a good movie but opined that it would "never be designated a national treasure by the Library of Congress". [[HilariousInHindsight Guess what title was added to the LoC's National Film Registry in 2006?]]

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** One ''Washington Post'' critic deemed it a good movie but opined that it would "never "[[ItWillNeverCatchOn never be designated a national treasure by the Library of Congress".Congress]]". [[HilariousInHindsight Guess what title was added to the LoC's National Film Registry in 2006?]]
27th May '16 12:08:57 PM Ramona122003
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27th May '16 12:08:22 PM Ramona122003
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* DoubleStandard: It's arguably present in the unspoken backstory of the film, which explains that Phil was cursed by a woman he'd dated and [[WomanScorned parted with on bad terms]], so she deliberately trapped him in a day he'd complained bitterly about before. Apparently being a jerk in a relationship is a bigger crime than trying to condemn someone ''to their own personal Hell''. (According to the commentary, this backstory was not considered canon to the finished film.)
** On a more mundane level, a lengthy montage of Rita slapping Phil across the face is [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale played for laughs]].
27th May '16 12:06:04 PM Ramona122003
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* BrokenAesop: Intellectual and cynical Phil has to go through the hellish GroundhogDayLoop because he (and only he) has to become a better person. However [[DesignatedHero Ned]] is much worse than him, he's self-centered, ditzy, nerving, gloating and is only interested in his insurance sales without having any positive quality and should be in the dock instead. The movie makes it clear that Ned is fine the way he is and there's no indication that he has to change too. This is based on opinion, as it depends on the viewer's interpretation of what exactly started the time loop (voodoo spell, the universe itself, a metaphor for reincarnation etc.) and if the rules of the time loop might apply to someone else than Phil offscreen.
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