Review Of The Movie ' Groundhog Day '

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Director and producer Harold Ramis filmed the infamous movie, Groundhog Day, a film based on an arrogant weatherman named Phil that detests Punxsutawney where groundhogs day is held but must relive this day for what feels like an eternity. Viewing this movie from a philosophical standpoint, the viewer can relate Phil to Siddhartha, the founder of Buddhism. Phil is similar to Buddha because he experiences the three marks of reality, and the four noble truths. Using a philosophical view the audience can see how in order not dwell on the past or dream of the future and individual must concentrate on the present. Phil is melancholy man, he hides behind a facade of ignorance and arrogance but deep down he hates himself and even mentions so in the film, Phil is a half-glass empty type of man. Once his reincarnation begins Phil is stuck in a phase of denial. During his eternity in Punxsutawney Phil, similar to Buddha, sees the three marks of reality. The first mark of reality Phil encounters is annica, everything is constantly changing, impermanence. Phil is stuck in a time loop but he realizes he can alter little things throughout his day which leads to different outcomes. For example, in the beginning of the movie once Phil realizes he can relive his day any way he pleases Phil performs pleasure tasks such as going on dates with different women just to have an intimate night, joy rides with drunks in a car, and doing extraordinary tasks such as devouring as many sweets as he

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