The Movie ' Groundhog Day '

990 WordsApr 15, 20164 Pages
Becoming Moral Every life lived has an element of unpredictability. Sometimes, people have bad days that they would rather forget as soon as it’s over. Other times, people have great days that they wish they could relive once more. But in Groundhog Day, an unruly news anchor named Phil is forced to relive a single day in his life. After the initial fear and confusion dissipates, Phil explores different lifestyles in the struggle to obtain happiness and to find himself. Stuck at a fixed point in history, Phil experiments with different lifestyles without experiencing any long-term repercussions. The first life he tests out is the life of pleasure. In the movie, we see him overindulge in the two senses that Aristotle warns against: taste, as seen in the diner scene when Phil surrounds himself with food, and touch, shown through his night with Nancy and his attempts to get with Rita. However, the life of sensual pleasure alone brings him no happiness and, in fact, is a lifestyle Aristotle advocates against. Sensual pleasures are temporary and imperfect. People who highlight sensual pleasures, such as sex and indulgence in food, emphasize means rather than ends; they exploit necessary processes for the small degree of pleasure it brings them, subsequently depriving themselves of the happiness and pleasure they could have received in the end. For example, a glutton does not get pleasure out of nurturing their bodies, but from the food itself. As a result, gluttons are
Open Document