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It’s Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Wednesday (Feb. 2), which means there are six more weeks of winter left, and if you’re not exactly thrilled about that, watching Groundhog Day might just boost your mood.
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Richard Henzel star in the ’90s comedy about a man trapped in a personal time warp where every day is Groundhog Day. Murray plays Phil, a grumpy weatherman sent to Punxsutawney, Penn., to report on the town’s annual Groundhog Day event.
The film delivers a nice mixture of bleak and hilarious moments that encapsulate that sinking feeling of another month and a half of winter. But there’s a not-so-hidden life lesson within the comedic plot, because Phil eventually learns how to approach life “like there’s no tomorrow.”
Groundhog Day is streaming on multiple of platforms, including Hulu, Starz and Sling TV. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can stream Groundhog Day through Prime Video ($3.99 to rent or $7.99 to buy), and watch it with a Starz subscription (Prime Video offers a free 7-day trial to Starz). For an even cheaper deal, head over to Vudu, where Groundhog Day is currently discounted in honor of the special day. The film will cost you $2.99 to rent ($6.99 to purchase).
For those who are unfamiliar with Groundhog Day, the annual tradition was brought to the U.S. by German settlers. The first Groundhog Day event was held in Punxsutawney on Feb. 2, 1887.
As for the movie, Danny Rubin initially wrote Groundhog Day to land a meeting with producers for other potential work. Director Harold Ramis worked with Rubin on retooling the script, but Murray wasn’t the first choice to play Phil. Michael Keaton, Tom Hanks and Chevy Chase all turned down the role before Murray signed on.
Groundhog Day grossed $105 million at the box office and went on to become one of the highest grossing films of 1993.