Welcome to Punxutawney. Again.

Happy Groundhog Day everyone! Let’s dance.

Once upon a time in February, a long time ago on a blog far away, a pocket-sized blogger dedicated a post to Rita and Phil’s ongoing (and going … and going … and going …) love. To celebrate this most momentous of holidays, I’ve dug it out of the archives and republished it for you here. Enjoy!

Good morning! Can you believe this weather we’ve been having? But that’s nothing. You know, out in California, they’re gonna have some warm weather tomorrow, gang wars, and some *very* overpriced real estate. Up in the Pacific Northwest, as you can see, they’re gonna have some very, very tall trees.

…Good morning! Can you believe this weather we’ve been having? But that’s nothing. You know, out in California, they’re gonna have some warm weather tomorrow, gang wars, and some *very* overpriced real estate. Up in the Pacific Northwest, as you can see, they’re gonna have some very, very tall trees.

…Good morning! Can you believe this weather we’ve been having? But that’s nothing. You know, out in California…

Yes, today’s couple is, of course, Rita and Phil from Groundhog Day. Happy February 2nd everyone! Let’s get to it:

Couple: Rita and Phil, Groundhog Day

Why they’re great together: They balance each other out, and play off each other beautifully. When Phil says that he’s been stabbed, shot, frozen, hung, electrocuted and burned, and wakes up every morning “without a dent in the fender” Rita is skeptical, but you can see her concern underneath, too. Phil doesn’t come off as completely crazy, because you can sense the producer in Rita thinking, “Hmmm…what’s this guy’s story?” And Rita doesn’t come off a a complete workaholic, because later on in the movie, Phil helps her to relax, and have fun.

Best moment/quote: Full disclosure: I have a deep and undying love for Bill Murray, so my favourite quote is pretty much everything he says, which is pretty much this entire movie. But I especially love his dry way of commenting on things, especially in the first half of the film when he’s using his new-found status as “a god – not *the* god, but *a* god…I think.” for his own nefarious purposes. You can practically see the wheels turning in his head in this scene, with hilarious results:

They’re your perfect couple if: You’re willing to change for your partner. Or move to Punxsutawney.

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13 thoughts on “Welcome to Punxutawney. Again.

    • Too many good lines in this one to choose from! I love when he’s taking his piano lessons:

      – “You’re doing very well, Mr. Collins. And you say you’ve never had lessons?”
      – “No, but my father was a piano mover, so …”

      Corniest thing ever, but it cracks me up every time. It’s all in the delivery, man.

  1. I’m kind of surprised we didn’t have the presence of mind to feature Punxsutawney Phil on the Funny Names Blog last week, but there’s always next year!

    Do you know who else has a deep and undying love for Bill Murray? Arto! We used to make 100 Coolest People Lists (we did so annually for 5 years), and Bill Murray was his #1 in our fifth and final list.

    Also, I just realized that Monday’s post will be my 100th post for the BoFN. I’ve decided to celebrate by breaking the 1000-word barrier for only the third time ever. Woo hoo!

    • And the year after that, and the year after that, and the year after … 🙂

      I believe it. Bill and Arto seem to share a similar sense of humour. And I remember your coolest people lists – Strombo was on one! *swoon*

      Whoohoo! That’s fantastic. I’ve had a bit of a rough weekend, so it will be nice to have something to look forward to on Monday. (lol – what? You mean your milestone event isn’t all about me?)

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  5. 🙂 Definitely a classic. (Comments are fun to read, too 😉 ) Bill Murray is awesome, but I’m a big Andi McDowell fan, too. So poised. They absolutely make a good team. Fun to see the lead-up to D’s 100th post because that post is when I officially met him at BoFN.

    • Teehee. The comments are fun, you say? I have no idea what you mean! I take comments very seriously around here 😉

      I like Andie McDowell too, especially in Four Weddings and a Funeral with Hugh Grant! That’s a favourite of mine.

      I didn’t realize it was it his 100th post that things clicked for you two, I thought you guys went back further than that! So fun how things connect up around here!

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