What should you be doing on the 2nd February? Phil Connors forecasts "A thousand people freezing their butts off waiting to worship a rat". Only 30 seats so book quickly for this special occasion.
Punxsutawney Phil Sowerby is the name of a succession of groundhogs in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. On February 2(Groundhog Day) each year, the town of Punxsutawney celebrates the legendary groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food. During the ceremony, which begins well before the winter sunrise, Phil emerges with his “wife” Phyllis and “daughter” Phelicia from his temporary home on Gobbler’s Knob, located in a rural area about 2 miles south-east of town. According to the tradition, if Phil sees his shadow and returns to his hole, he has predicted six more weeks of winter-like weather. If Phil does not see his shadow, he has predicted an “early spring.”
But enough about the hog…. Groundhog Day isn’t just a slow-burn comedy. It’s a slow-burn existential nightmare. And the movie’s genius lies in blending the two seamlessly without making much of a fuss about either one.
The legacy film of director Harold Ramis, Bill Murray stars as prima donna Pittsburgh weatherman Phil Connors. Assigned, yet again, to cover the Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, Phil descends on the town in a cloud of smug exasperation (“People are morons!”). As punishment (perhaps?), he wakes up the next morning to find that it’s Groundhog Day all over again, as it will be the next day, and the next, and the next…