There’s a scene in the film Groundhog Day where Bill Murray sits down with TV colleague Andie McDowell and begins his pursuit by trying to learn more about her.
“You weren’t in broadcasting or journalism [in school]?” he asks.
“Believe it or not, I started out studying 19th century French poetry,” she responds.
Murray bursts out laughing and says, “What a waste of time.” He tries to get out of it but it’s too late. She’s miserable. Quickly we advance to the “next day” in the same setting. McDowell offers the same answer but this time Murray starts dreamily reciting a 19th century French poem. She’s mesmerized.
Harold Ramis, who co-wrote that film and many others including Animal House and Stripes, was a genius. He died yesterday at age 69 and will be sadly missed. I just read a quote that he considered Groundhog Day a film for anyone who feels stuck in a rut in similar circumstance and needs to get out. Really makes me think.
What was your favorite Harold Ramis film or moment?