The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
While covering the annual Groundhog Day at Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, self-centered TV weatherman Phil Connors is reliving the same day over and over again.
Not filmed in Punxsutawney, but actually in Woodstock, Illinois (just 45 miles from "Bill Murray's hometown of Wilmette). There is a small plaque that reads "Bill Murray stepped here" on the curb where Murray continually steps into a puddle.
Groundhog Day is a 1993 film directed by Harold Ramis and starring Bill Murray as Phil Connors, a news reporter who finds himself stuck in a loop and living the same day over and over again with seemingly no way to escape.
Phil Connors (Murray) reports the annual Groundhog Day celebrations
Groundhog Day tells the story of a Pittsburgh weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) that is sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. When he tries to leave on the afternoon of Groundhog Day he is cut off by an approaching blizzard and is forced to return to Punxsutawney only to discover that every morning when he wakes up he has to relive Groundhog Day.
During the time stuck repeating Groundhog Day Phil goes through several emotions as he tries to deal with his predicament. First he is confused and shocked and tries to figure out what is happening to him. Second, he goes through a stage of acceptance and enjoys the fun he has knowing that his actions have no consequences like eating whatever he wants and doing whatever he feels like. Next, he goes through a stage of depression when he realizes that he is stuck reliving the same day with no visible way to escape. Finally, he goes through a stage of acceptance where he tries to better himself learning new skills and helping the people in Punxsutawney.
The overriding theme during the entire movie is him going from a sexual conquest over his producer Rita (McDowell) to truly falling in love with her. His feelings that change throughout the movie play a direct role in the interactions the two have and with often hilarious consequences.