Groundhog Day

January 13, 2008

Groundhog Day ClockWe just finished watching Groundhog Day with the kids, who managed to put up with a lot of kissing thanks to it being just plain funny. But it’s been a while since I’d seen it, and I didn’t remember it as such a profound spiritual movie. The wikipedia write-up says it better than I can:

Groundhog Day is a tale of self-improvement, to look inside oneself and realize that the only satisfaction in life comes from turning outward and concerning oneself with others rather than concentrating solely on one’s own wants and desires. As such, the film has become a favorite of Buddhist, Christian and Jewish leaders alike because they see its themes of selflessness and rebirth as a reflection of their own spiritual messages. It has even been dubbed by some religious leaders as the “most spiritual film of our time.”

Highly recommended. (Thanks, Chris, you can have it back now. You doing a February 2nd showing?)

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

2 responses to Groundhog Day

  1. Ya, thats a great movie!

  2. Helen, I was surprised at how much the kids enjoyed it, because I thought it would be too, well, “adult” in the sense of the emotions being explored. But Bill Murray is a hoot!