- Sloth: Sitting around in a bathrobe watching game shows till he has them memorized.
- Greed: Stealing the money out of the van.
- Gluttony: When he started eating like a pig.
- Wrath: Basically whenever Phil hurt someone, knowing there'd be no consequence.
- Lust: Sleeping with every woman he could find.
- Envy: Hinted at in his relationship with the news anchor "Hairdo" Nan.
- Pride: Phil's biggest character flaw.
- Or not, considering how many days he killed himself for kicks.
- Another possibility is that Ned just wants to sell insurance. On the last day of the loop, Phil buys a major policy from Ned. Only after this purchase does Ned allow Phil out of the time loop.
- Rita must be the doctor's companion!
- That adds a lot of meaning to Ned saying "Whoa-ho-ho... that first step is a doozy!" on the first day.
- OMG. That also adds meaning to Ned's last lines!Ned: Phil, this is the best day of my life.Phil: Mine too.Rita: Mine too.Ned: Where are we going?Rita: Oh, let's not spoil it!Ned: I got that. [noise]
- They're going to tomorrow!!!!!
- OMG. That also adds meaning to Ned's last lines!
- One problem with this though: Why was Phil Conners able to remember every further Groundhog Day? And why wasn't anybody else?
- Because... Phil Conners is Furude Rika's Opposite-Sex Clone! DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN!
- Because Phil Connors is an Integrated Data Interface, sent to earth to investigate the phenomenon that humans believe allows groundhogs to predict the future on a certain day of the year.
- Because Phil Conners was sleeping in a room above the temporary Secret Storage Facility where the Stargate that cancelled the lack of Ripple Effect-Proof Memory was being held.
- Because Phil Connors is a ghost buster. Also, he was possessed by Cthulhu. Time ripples just do not compare.
Winning Rita's heart was just a happy bonus.
- Couldn't be. Phil actually is nice to (and even hugs) Ned before his last loop. Ned actually runs away from him.
- But Phil wasn't really being nice to Ned when he hugged him, he was trying to freak Ned out and get Ned to leave him alone that loop. So just hugging him wasn't enough to satisfy the universe if this hypothesis is true.
- Adding to the above, Phil pretends to come on to Ned.
- Which is actually totally canon.
Think about it. A number of events seem to happen in a specific order no matter how much time has passed or what you've done in the meantime. Phil can dilly-dally getting to Gobbler's Knob or he can jump out of bed and sprint there, and the same events will be happening. He can make minor choices, but the outcomes are few and simple. Slap, slap, slap, die, die, die.
- This entry right here has made my day.
- But wouldn't he try focusing on the plot of the game instead of faffing about with stealing money and learning piano?
- This also explains the sudden burst of suicide. The player was probably frustrated by how hard the game was proving and engaged in a little therapeutic cruelty by ramming their character into every hazard they could think of.
- That's ridiculous. Who would go to so much effort for a game?
- So, what is it?
- Only joking!
- Someone punch him out!
- We're in the 20th Century now. Here's a frozen steak for your face.
- So, what is it?
- Phil mentions he was "shot, stabbed, poisoned, blown up, electrocuted and hanged", which heavily imples he did do some things like murder, shooting spree, arson (Word of God is they don't show this because it would change the tone too much).
- That's reading quite a bit into it, inasmuch as all of those are things one can do to oneself — and in fact we see one of them.
- Or maybe Phil didn't commit rape and wanton murder because, you know, he had enough of a conscience to not do so? Even if history repeats, I don't think all but a sociopath would be able to do what you're describing.
- I think a loop like that would eventually drive anyone to become a psychopath, at least for a while. Sociopaths aren't just people who kill for no reason, they're people who can't comprehend that other people have a sense of self. They're completely unable to empathize. From his perspective, eventually, these people would stop seeming like people. He knows exactly what they do, what they think, who they are. They'd seem like an NPC in a video game. Mindless drones going about their set path with no deviation, always spouting the same phrase and doing the same things. Phil even says at one point he's a God. I think almost anyone would eventually, after an incalculable number of years would go mad from frustration and literally do everything they can think of to break up the monotony including murder, rape and arson. Morals only hold true so long as we believe other people exist and matter. When you're the only one who can change, do something different, have an apparent sense of free will, other people simply wouldn't seem real.
- Word of God says he did, but they didn't show it because it would change the tone too much.
- I like the alternative idea that the bartender is also reliving Groundhog Day like Phil, but he just doesn't realize it. He probably gets the same customers every day anyhow, so he doesn't notice anything strange when it's the same routine with the same people—but he pays enough attention to them that he's happy to see Phil doing the right thing to impress Rita.
- Maybe Phil is experiencing all this in a coma brought on by the shovel hit!
- Going along with that, he was created by the same organization that created Yuki.
- Or, the Data Interface was just trying to gauge the reaction of a repeated period of time on a normal human.
- Haruhi saw a subtitled version of Groundhog Day, liked the idea of having all the time in the world to have fun, and subconsciously created a Groundhog Day loop.
- He just went insane, this time irrevocably.
- The first draft of the script has it a gyspy curse, while the second draft has it a curse created by a scorned ex-girlfriend. The finished product doesn't rule out either explaination.
- Or more likely, she just doesn't want to sleep with a guy she met a couple days ago, and a colleague at that. One she thought was an arrogant prick the day before. Some women have personal codes about that kind of thing... it's not always about hormones.
- Yeah, but that's cannon - not a Wild Mass Guess. And most women don't want the mess of fooling around on the rag - this doesn't have to involve hormones at all.
- Except that, when the loop finally broke on February 3, it was her who seemed to be a little upset they hadn't moved further the preceding night...
Specifically, Rita is god, and Phil's jerkassery towards her leads her to punish him. His punishment involves being trapped in a time loop until he impresses her. However, she (or the god who is using her as an avatar) doesn't want to let him out only when he proves impressive. The deity inhabiting Rita knows that Phil can become better, and the loop is a test. Once Phil truly improves himself, morally, spiritually, and personally, she lets him out. This also is why Rita is so incredulous at Phil's claiming to be god, because She is.
In Phil's universe, Santa, the Easter Bunny and other anthropomorphic personifications of holidays exist, and can converse with each other. One of these is of course, The Groundhog. Now The Groundhog, was just a rodent elevated to the status of immortal, albeit a minor one, due to collective belief, so it kind of got to his head and he was a bit overly egotistical. The Groundhog aspired to be like Santa Claus, and loved hearing stories from him about the many times there was someone who disrespected the holiday in one way or another and Santa or his comrades would whip out some Christmas magic on them and teach them a lesson, making them learn the True Spirit or whatever. Scrooge, George Bailey , Kevin Mcallister, Jack Campbell, Chris Van Allsburg and probably many other protagonists in typical Hallmark Christmas specials, all having a magic moment that converted them into true Xmas acolytes. The Groundhog yearned for at least one moment when his holiday would be glorified in this manner. Enter Phil Conners. He dislikes Punxsutawney, the closest thing to the North Pole or Halloweentown to The Groundhog, and cant wait to leave. He was grumpily dismissive about the whole idea of Groundhog Day. Theres also the fact that this was going to be, he hopes, the last time he would ever do this yearly Gobblers Knob ritual. Phil Conners is the Scrooge of Groundhog Day. And so the overzealous Groundhog saw his moment:
So this man dares to bah humbug my holiday?! Well I shall unleash the Magic of Groundhog Day and let him know the true meaning of Groundhog Day so he will have the Groundhog Day Spirit in his heart!
The blizzard of course was his first attempt that was all him. He only symbolises the weather and seasons (and just two at that) so he just has minor control over winter and spring. But after this weak attempt, The Groundhog got some outside help. From another holiday spirit who the Groundhog knows quite well, given that this guys holiday is the last one before that of the Groundhog. Who other than Father Time, the personification of New Years Eve, and also of Time itself (it could be Baby New Year but lets just refer to him as Father Time for now). Father Time lent The Groundhog his power either because
1) Out of plain friendship (also if it was Baby New Year it would be easy for a cute furry groundhog to convince him)
2) He lost a bet to The Groundhog.
3) Just to get The Groundhog to shut up and stop trying to mess with the weather
4) Perhaps The Groundhog managed to steal a time device from Father Time. Since it manipulates time The Groundhog would only need to have it a few minutes or so to give Phil a zillion days.
Either way, The Groundhog gets his wish. Note how all throughout the movie you see images of the groundhog here and there. Appropriate decorations sure, but they also symbolize the looming presence of the puppeteer behind Phils hell: The Groundhog not just a groundhog THE Groundhog, the Spirit of Groundhog Day. And what happens: Phil gives a great speech at Gobblers Knob and winds up turning this holiday into the most magically wonderful day of his life, and not just for him, but for everyone in that town, creating Groundhog Day Miracles all over the place. And then he decides to live in Punxsutawney. Indeed he truly has the Spirit of Groundhog Day in his heart. So The Groundhog got his Magic Spirit Miracle moment he envied of Santa. Of course falling in love was a huge part of Phils experience so there good reason The Groundhog managed to get assistance from that OTHER Holiday icon who is close by.
The loop wasn't broken, he just advanced one day.
Bill will repeat the SECOND day, the one you saw at the ending. For a lot of time he will be waking next to Rita every morning, until he makes this day perfect too, just the day before. So he will break to madness many times, recover himself all the times, and finally make a streak of Perfect Days, wherever he goes and whoever is at his side. He will spread happiness and improve the world, ending poberty, ending diseases and ecological lingering catastrophes, and avoiding Ghostbusters 16.
When Earth would turn to be a paradise, he would be fully released, since every day will be a "Perfect Day". He -and everybody- will live in complete happiness.
So, would you mind helping him a little? If you contribute to the improvement of our world, he will have a little less work to do, and can just get his deserved reward a little bit earlier.
- Interesting theory
With the end of the movie having time continuing after (according to the director Harold Ramis) 10 years worth of one single day eventually turning a man deserving of Hell into a better person, this would imply that the Hell of this universe is not a place of eternal punishment, but a place of reform and cleansing trials similar to the likes of Jacob's Ladder, with Phil leaving for a better place. A subtle exaggeration of qualities that would trigger a Jerkass were carefully engineered in this personal afterlife (the small-town attitude, people he doesn't like wanting his attention, Rita's "high-standards" of decency) not to torment him, but to encourage him to be better in a way where he has no real choice but to improve.
It was because he was at the hospital that he learned about things like the Mayor of the town choking to death and the kid severely injuring himself falling out of the tree.