Phil Connors & Rita Hanson
Why I love it:
There aren’t enough wonderful things to say about this brilliant piece written for the screen and directed by Harold Ramis. All the time, I find myself unconsciously quoting lines from this movie and only realizing it the next time I’m watching it. I mean, “Bing again” and “Too early for flapjacks?” have become staples of my vocabulary.
A jaded weatherman reluctantly makes his way to the annual Groundhog Day Festival in the tiny town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. It doesn’t take long to figure out this same frustrating day is on a never-ending and inescapable loop. His only company through this journey is a dopey cameraman and an overly positive news producer, Rita Hanson. Unfortunately, Phil’s memories are the only ones that stick at the end of each repeating day, but gradually Phil makes the best of a bad situation and falls for Rita despite the fact she will once again loathe him in the morning.
This is a couple that has already stood a big test of time by the end of the film, and for that reason I think they will make it. The simple fact that the spell was broken once Phil put enough positive energy into the world gives me the sense he would be too nervous to slip back into his old routines. In my mind, Phil bought and ran that B&B and Rita took a job teaching at the local grade school. Congrats to the happy couple!