Happy Groundhog Day! Celebrate with A Movie for All Time

Groundhog Predicts Early Spring!

From The Washington Post:

Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most famous furry forecaster, failed to see his shadow Tuesday morning, meaning spring is right around the corner, or so the folklore says.

The groundhog’s prediction came about 7:25 a.m. in Punxsutawney, Pa., with fair skies and temperatures in the mid-20s.

OK! Great news. Yeah, I know it’s just a silly superstitious tradition, but I’ll take it.

Suggestion: To celebrate this holiday, treat yourself to the excellent 1993 movie “Groundhog Day.” Lest you think it’s just a dumb Bill Murray comedy, consider the wise words of National Review’s Jonah Goldberg, from a 2005 piece which now runs every year on Groundhog Day, “A Movie for All Time”:

When I set out to write this article, I thought it’d be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, one I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research — how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constanly on cable? — I discovered that I wasn’t alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement. Meanwhile, the Internet brims with weighty philosophical treatises on the deep Platonist, Aristotelian, and existentialist themes providing the skin and bones beneath the film’s clown makeup. On National Review Online’s group blog, The Corner, I asked readers to send in their views on the film. Over 200 e-mails later I had learned that countless professors use it to teach ethics and a host of philosophical approaches. Several pastors sent me excerpts from sermons in which Groundhog Day was the central metaphor. And dozens of committed Christians of all denominations related that it was one of their most cherished movies.

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If you haven’t ever seen it, you need to. If you have, enjoy it again. Here’s the trailer:

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