What would you do if you kept living the same day over and over again?
The movie is about a man who was trapped in a time loop. He had to live one day, over and over again. Nothings changed, but only he remembered that he had lived this day before.
So the question for the man (Phil Connors) and for all of us was: what would you do with that unlimited but limited time?
Firstly, stop living by the rules. Because there was no tomorrow, there wouldn’t be any consequences. When I was small, I used to wish I have a super power that can stop time. Then I would go to the store and take the cash from the counter or eat all the food I want. I thought about it a lot, especially when I wanted to buy something or when I was hungry. Of course it was not like my life was lacking of anything. It was just I had always wanted more.
Secondly, take advantages of the repeated information. Because nothing changed after a day, only you would remember what has happened. That gave you the advantages when standing in front of other people. Phil did. He used it to flirt with a girl and had sex with her. That could work. But he failed when he tried to use that to get the woman he love. Love isn’t created that way. And love cannot come in a day. That made me remember all the times I think I fell for somebody so hard, so quickly but those feelings faded so fast.
Thirdly, realize the truth and fall into despair. This is the only consequence Phil had to face but it was the hardest. Just like Phil, there are many times in my life I realize, what come fast, for 90%, will leave fast. Love, work, … If it did not leave, it gave me disappointment, sadness or sorrow. Then I want to quit, to stop everything even the life I was given.
Fourth, take a deep breath and talk to somebody, thoroughly. It took me 22 years to realize what I was dealing with and what was my true problem. It took me 22 years to start excepting life the way it is. But it is always good to talk to somebody.
Five, slowdown and enjoy the moment. At the end, Phil started using his time to learn to play piano, read books, save and help a bunch of people. That made me think. Recently I had another wish. I wish that I had all the time in the world where I can take time to read all the books, learn to play music instrument and may be plant trees. Only when we really devote our minds into learning, our souls will be fulfilled.
When I see Groundhog Day, I can easily related it with myself. That is how I love movies made in the 90s. The plot was close to life but dramatic enough to draw attention.
This is absolutely a worth-watching movie,.
Roger Ebert: 4/4
August 10th, 2018