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Charlotte Philosophy Discussion Group Message Board › Groundhog Day - the Movie and Philosophy

Groundhog Day - the Movie and Philosophy

user 5766938
Charlotte, NC
Post #: 109
Yesterday was Groundhog Day, and the Charlotte Observer had an article with excerpts as follow:
"The movie (Bill Murray, 1993) is about a weatherman forced to relive a single day over and over.
It has become an existential classic.
The Motion Picture Guide Annual called the movie a primer on western philosophy, as well as a reasoned case for Zen Buddhism.
A psychiatrist saw this movie and said it was a perfect metaphor for psychotherapy. You keep revisiting the same material over and over, and each time you get a different insight until you finally get clear of it. Religion, the same way - Christians, Jews, everyone saw it (the movie) as embodying their own philosophies.
A lot of people start doing the same thing every day, thinking the same misguided thoughts every day.
For fans of the movie, the biggest conjecture is just how long was Phil Connors (Bill Murray) condemned to this purgatory. In Buddhism, they say that it takes 10,000 years for a soul to evolve to the next level.
So, the entire progress of Groundhog Day covered 10,000 years.
It takes at least 10 years to get good at anything, and allotting for the down time and misguided years he spent, it had to be more like 30 or 40 years for Phil Connors (Bill Murray)."

Should we all take another look at Groundhog Day, the movie?
Bill Van F.
Group Organizer
Charlotte, NC
Post #: 1,424
Sounds interesting! I'll add it to our list of possible topics for discussion.
Matthew L.
Washington, DC
Post #: 9
I must have missed any deeper meaning in this movie. I'll have to watch it again.

I enjoyed an X-Files episode "Monday" which also had the similar premise.
Synopsis: A woman has to repeat the same day over and over, each ending with someone dead after a bank heist. She confronts Scully and Mulder on several occasions to try and stop the time loop, and Mulder gets the sense of Deja Vu.

It is a common plot device:

user 5766938
Charlotte, NC
Post #: 110
If anyone wants to Google "Groundhog Day, the movie, and Philosophy" you will encounter a number of postings, too many for me to site here.
Evidently, this movie has produced a great deal of commentary and continued interest. I would suspect that all might feel curious enough to view the film again, and then see where it takes them, philosophically.
A former member
Post #: 535
a neat movie site, explaining how to deconstruct a move..with some movie's symbology
already deconstructed.

Collative Learning

A former member
Post #: 549

Authors@Google: Kyle Johnson 'Inception and Philosophy'

The book explores the movie's key questions and themes, including how we can tell if we're dreaming or awake, how to make sense of a paradox, and whether or not inception is possible.
It also gives new insights into the nature of free will, time, dreams, and the unconscious mind. In addition, it discusses different interpretations of the film, and whether or not philosophy can help shed light on which is the "right one,' and deepens your understanding of the movie's multi-layered plot and dream-infiltrating characters, including Dom Cobb, Arthur, Mal, Ariadne, Eames, Saito, and Yusuf.

You can find the complete "And Philosophy" series at­

Kyle writes a blog for Psychology Today, called "Plato on Pop," with William Irwin.
You can find their blog here:­

Kyle also hosts a podcast on Philosophy and Pop Culture with Jay Kelly.
You can find the podcast here:­

A former member
Post #: 585

interesting use of perspective the director makes the viewer take for trying to make sense of the tragedy in the movie.

Where Is the Camera? (Contact, 1997)

A former member
Post #: 595
a computer passes the sentience barrier..immoral to kill barrier..or turn off

"Kara" by Quantic Dream

A former member
Post #: 596
<edit>fixed link to video</edit>

This is a mock trial hearing on a motion for preliminary injunction of conscious computer (BINA48 )to prevent discontinuation of power and functionality by the computer's owner.
The hearing was conducted at the First Annual Colloquium on the Law of Transhuman Persons, December 10, 2005.­

A former member
Post #: 597­

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Directed by Aaron Sims
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