Groundhog Day is an American pseudo-holiday in which an old legend is played out in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania every February 2nd. The legend goes like this: If the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, comes out and sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter.
Ever since the film by that title came out, Groundhog Day has become the metaphor for the feeling of repeating the same day over and over again. Everything from housework, mundane jobs, to military life can relate to the term.
It’s about Phil Connors (Bill Murray), an arrogant Pittsburgh TV weatherman who is sent on assignment to cover the annual Groundhog Day events in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. He doesn’t want to be there but ends up in a time loop, repeating the same day (Groundhog Day) again and again.
He is sent there with cameraman Larry (Chris Elliott) and news producer, Rita Hanson (Andie MacDowell), who loves the celebrations but doesn’t understand Phil.
The trio can’t leave because of a major snowstorm.
When this gets old, he becomes depressed and tries to end it by committing suicide. He even steals the town’s beloved groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil in an attempt to end the madness.
Phil eventually finds joy in using his power of knowledge to do good deeds in his little Punxsutawney world.
He eventually starts to have deep feelings for his producer, Rita, but finds his most difficult task is trying to make her fall for him. It eventually is the goodness she sees in him that does the trick.