Saturday, February 2, 2008

Groundhog Day

In addition to being the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, today is also Groundhog Day. And, according to Punxsutawney Phil, we will have six more weeks of Winter.

I like the movie Groundhog Day. It is an interesting take on the doctrine of prugatory. Phil Connors is stuck until he truly learns how to love, not just Rita, but others. His choice to love makes him a better person. I also like that, once he learns to love and spends the night with Rita, when they awaken they are still both fully clothed. Both this and what leads up to their spending the night together indicates a chaste sleeping together, which is different from Phil's earlier efforts to bed Rita. At the end of the film, their mutual love causes them to choose to be downwardly mobile. Last night my family watched this movie, again. We also watch Bill Murray in What About Bob? about every other year. Bill Murray is an artist with depth.

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