Study Guide

Groundhog Day Genre

Genre

Comedy

Groundhog Day is the story of Phil Connors trying and succeeding in becoming a better person. It has a nice happy ending and we all have some good laughs along the way—especially whenever the creepy nerd Ned Ryerson shows up.

In a way, the kind of transformation you see in Groundhog Day is eerily similar to another Bill Murray movie: Scrooged, which is a modern retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

For centuries, comedies have had a way of ending with marriages. That's not necessarily the case in Groundhog Day, but we can get a good sense that Phil Connors and Rita are certainly on their way to marriage. Phil even says to Rita that they should move to Punxsutawney together, which is hilarious considering how much he hated the town at the beginning of the movie.

At its heart, Groundhog Day is just a nice wholesome comedy about a jerk who learns to be a better person… and who finds personal fulfillment along the way.

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