Tomorrow is Groundhog Day, a day that everyone not only remembers because of the supreme hope for spring to come soon, but also for an iconic film that truly cares about the fabled Punxsutawney Phil and his annual weather forecasting habit.
Still, plenty of pessimistic banter in this legendary 1994 movie was thrown around surrounding the poor animal forced to play soothsayer for the coming season.
Consider this quote from Groundhog Day offered by actor Bill Murray as his character, Phil Connors:
“This is pitiful. A thousand people, freezing their butts off, waiting to worship a rat. What a hype. Well they used to mean something in this town, they used to pull the hog out and they used to eat it. You’re hypocrites! All of ya!”
He continued this script-written rant, saying, “You know you want a prediction about the weather, you’re asking the wrong Phil. I’ll give you a prediction. It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be gray, and it’s gonna last you the rest of your life.”
At another point in the movie, Phil Connors goes on again about the role Puxsutawney Phil must play on Groundhog Day.
He says, “Once again the eyes of the nation have turned here to this tiny village in western Pennsylvania…There is no way this winter is ever going to end, as long as this groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. I don’t see any way out. He’s gotta be stopped.”
That anger about a potentially long and dreary winter that had people going in a movie made almost 20 years ago is the same anger folks feel these days, too.
What with all the outrageous storms already suffered in 2011, not to mention chart-topping temperatures that dig so far below zero a thermometer can’t even register the number, there’s no wonder so much pressure is put on a common North American woodchuck. Who doesn’t want him to ignore any shadow he may see tomorrow?
Meanwhile, on this day when that rodent has the world by his tale, perhaps you should settle in for a movie named after Groundhog Day about a marmot named Phil.
What do you think? Is this worth your consideration or can you think of other indoor pleasures to undertake for your entertainment on this probably cold and definitely auspicious winter’s day?