Groundhog Day: An Occasion to Enjoy the Comedy of Harold Ramis
- by Robert Lambert
SACRAMENTO, CA - Punxsutawney Phil has spoken, and it looks like this Groundhog Day is predicting the produce industry will be seeing six more weeks of winter.
For me, Groundhog Day brings another image to mind: Bill Murray, reliving the same day over and over again, quipping and quibbling with coworkers and townsfolk (“they’re hicks, Rita”), and even asking arresting police officers “too early for flapjacks?”
In the last twenty-odd years, Harold Ramis' Groundhog Day, the 1993 feature film starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, has become a modern classic that still holds up today. The movie is about perfecting his day-to-day, hum-drum life into something magnificent.
Written, directed, acted, and produced by one of my favorite comedic authors, Harold Ramis—a real auteur, who cut his teeth at National Lampoon and SCTV. Ramis has written comedies like Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, and Stripes that, in my opinion, still hold up today. He has since cemented his place in the cannon of great comedic filmmakers.
Ramis was an extraordinary talent and Groundhog Day is a treat that bears repeat viewings. There are too many favorite moments to list in one story.
How does this relate to produce? I'm not sure, but I couldn't help myself.