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Or you can travel to Woodstock, Illinois-- where they filmed the Punxsutawney scenes-- not too far from where I grew up.

It's funny-- I just picked up a copy of your book the other day (okay, I checked it out-- I work at a bookstore and we can rent books whenever we want). So when you referenced the quotes I turned to the book sitting on my desk to check-- yup, there they are.

Truly a great film-- and it's surprising that the screenplay was completely overlooked-- okay, it did win the BAFTA for Best Original SCreenplay, but still...


Am I nuts or is it part of the Ground Hog Day deja vu joke the feeling that I've read this post before? Or at least part of it?
Am I nuts or is it part of the Ground Hog Day deja vu joke the feeling that I've read this post before? Or at least part of it?
At any rate, Good Yontiff!


I just watched that movie again today with 5 can't possibly ever get old.

...although that scene where he takes a bath with a toaster scarred me when I was a little kid. I had nightmares of toasters falling into my bath for weeks.

No kidding. I was afraid of everything.

E.C. Henry

Billy, if memory serves me right, you've already posted this "Groundhog Day" post before. Why retread it? Why not bang out a fresh, NEW post?

Wouldn't it be nice today to experience the euphoria that comes from creating a fresh, new, Billy Mernit original? Young, fertile, impressionable minds need to be feed, Billy. Basically all I'm asking you to do is reward the faithfull with what you do so well. And there's still time! As I tittitly tap out this comment it's not even 9 a.m yet!

That said, Billy, I hope you will do everything in your power to ensure the groundhog DOESN'T see his shaddow this year. It's been an especially gloomy winter up here in the Pacific Northwest. Basically yours truely just needs to physically verify that yes, that giant fireball in the sky still exists. Bring on summer! And while you're at it, bring on the hotties in mini-skirts too!

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

Christian Howell

All I can say is "I'm not going to live by their rules anymore."

Joanna Farnsworth

And we need more Rom Coms about that kind of real love. Could Danny please write us some. What we're getting on screen at the moment doesn't even scratch the surface.

Rosina Lippi

Thanks for this. Really, I am in total awe of the screenplay and the movie and I didn't know any of this background on it.


Tavis: It's one of those films (and screenplays) that's become more revered and well-loved over time... Meanwhile, would it KILL you to actually BUY a copy?! Just kidding, I'm a big supporter of libraries. But wait a second, you don't work in a library--

Binnie: I have no idea what you're talking about. I have no idea what you're talking about. I have... If only the Pope were a fan of this blog; then I'd be able to say, Good Yontiff, Pontiff!

Jess: At least they were taking you to see a Bill Murray comedy when you were five, as opposed to BAMBI -- talk about a movie that can scar you for life!!!

EC: There's this movie, see, where the same day keeps repeating over and over again, see...

Christian: "Well, what if there IS no tomorrow? There wasn't one today."

Joanna: Hear, here.

Rosina: You might want to check out Danny's website and blog -- the link's in the post and on the sidebar (above left).

Christian Howell

Really? What IS titikaka? Perhaps it's what makes Nancy make those chipmunk noises when she gets REALLY excited.

Danny Rubin

Billy - I love that you reposted this Groundhog essay. (Unlike at least one of your loyal readers, I got the joke).
The truth is I don't always (knowingly) draw true personal connections from my life to my work, and in writing Ghog I wasn't consciously applying what I know about love and relationships from my own experience. And yet, here you are to draw the lines for me, and not only remind me to appreciate the sweet situation I'm in (23 years married, thank you very much), but by forwarding a link to Louise I most definitely get laid. You have done us all a great service.


That's classic, Danny Rubin comments on the post. And now we all know he's getting laid.

I didn't read this until today. (Feb. 7th) but I did watch Groundhog Day on Feb 2nd. I watch it every year! It's a ritual I established like 5 years ago. One of my favorite comedies of all time.

Christian Howell

Wow, Danny Rubin posted. I'd like to say the movie was pretty good for a bi-ped.
I guess you've just been around long enough. But then again, we've all come together time and again to worship a rat, so it makes you wonder if we all aren't just prima donnas.


Yay for Billy, Danny, the Rom Com and getting laid! Yay for all the beautiful writers here. Let Love Rule!


Danny: We aim to please, and as you've improved life on the planet by providing your fellow humans with Groundhog Day, helping you get lucky is the least Living RomCom can do.

Christina: A great and worthy ritual.

Christian: Don't drive angry.

Debbie: How could we stop it?!

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