Nothing beats Halloween. Let’s just get that out of the way.
But Groundhog Day is one of the most goofy, routine-based days of the year. You’ve got to admit it. You get to watch the SAME movie every year. And it’s a Murray movie to boot. You get to stake your bets on a little animal poking its head out of a hole based on whether or not you like being cold. Every year. Even if the little hog dies, there’s a new one, and it’s name is Phil (or Willie or Sam, location depending, whatever). Groundhog day is its own perpetual repeater. When do we ever divert from this routine? NEVER. That’s when.
Quick update: Phil predicted an early end to with Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam while our rebellious little gopher in Ontario, Wiarton Willie, wants to slap us with 6 more week (which I’m fine with, to be honest).
Quick history: Groundhog Day is actually an astronomical holiday that began when nature had an impact on our lives – a.k.a. when farming was crucial to our existence. Beginning in 1886, February 2nd falls roughly at the midpoint between the December solstice and the March equinox – the heart of winter – making it the ideal position in the Earth’s orbit to predict the winter weather and, thus, allowing farmers to ensure their stock (i.e. hay, etc.) was well managed for the rest of the season.
Quick reminder: If the groundhog sees its shadow, we’ve got winter for 6 more weeks. But if the skies are grey and there’s no shadow to spook the little gem, we’re gettin’ an early spring. How accurate is this? 80% according to AccuWeather, although Stormfax says Phil has only been right 39% of the time, while the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club says he has 100% accuracy.
Quick note: The following list is all about the movie.
The 10 Best Things About Groundhog Day
- You get to believe in something. For example, Rita’s hair. Or snowpeople.
- Bill Murray as Phil.
- Phil punches Ned. Bing!
- You can watch these same epic car chases every year.
- This breakfast scene.
- “It’s like I told you. Call me Bronco.”
- Phil has a heart to heart with Phil: “Don’t drive angry!”
- This amazing moment: “You like boats, but not the ocean. You go to a lake in the summer with your family up in the mountains. There’s a long wooden dock and a boathouse with boards missing from the roof, and a place you used to crawl underneath to be alone. You’re a sucker for French poetry and rhinestones. You’re very generous. You’re kind to strangers and children, and when you stand in the snow you look like an angel.” Oh, Bill!
- Love is real if you let it in.