Groundhog Day - An Inescapable Premise

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The premise of Groundhog Day is expertly constructed to drive natural, organic character change. In this video, we examine how Phil is designed to be a character that seems like he could never change, dissect how the premise of the story traps him in a world that will constantly attack his character flaw, and explore how the relentless nature of the premise ensures that the protagonist will have no choice but to transform.
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2 Feb 2019



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The news is in! Punxsutawney Phil predicts an early spring for 2019! Did you see your shadow this morning?
TheGalacticCrafter Vor 2 Monate
We've barely even had winter so this makes sense
Tomi K
Tomi K Vor 2 Monate
I would love to see an Eyes Wide Shut "Lessons from a Screenplay"
2nd3rd1st Vor 2 Monate
You are right, always assume he is up to no good. Phil must have a vested interest in our adherence to his predictions, maybe he is in cahoots with the easter bunny to get a big share of his sweet sweet candy! +Jon McClung
Jon McClung
Jon McClung Vor 2 Monate
+2nd3rd1st in that case, shouldn't you just assume Phil is lying? That seems to be the most reliable method.
Anna C. Grajales
Anna C. Grajales Vor 2 Monate
Can you please do Spiderverse (2018) ... I keep thinking that this film should not work but it does. Reading the script is as thrilling as watching the film.
Danilego Vor 2 Tage
This is one of my favorite movies ever, and it is the most unexpected one to be there, I never would have guessed how much I love Groundhog Day before watching it!
Jari Fuller
Jari Fuller Vor 3 Tage
such a great movie...very rewatchable
Chrisantechell Vor 27 Tage
Well, what if there is no tomorrow!? There wasn't one today!😂😂😂😂😂
Nguyen Ha
Nguyen Ha Vor 28 Tage
This lesson is so underrated
D.K Weeks
D.K Weeks Vor Monat
Phil went through all that crap, killed himself multiple times, learned to play the piano, learned to make ice sculptures, saved a kid falling from a tree, just tons of stuff... But the Universe was just trying to get him laid.
thedarkmoonman Vor Monat
what if there is no tomorrow there wasn't one today
jordel2010 Vor Monat
One of the finest films ever made. They seldom do it like this anymore.
Michael Allred
Michael Allred Vor Monat
Everyone focuses on Phil being stuck but wouldn't the entire universe be going through the same thing?
TDHoang Vor Monat
cảm ơn bạn @khang lu vì đã dịch ^^
Jurij Fedorov
Jurij Fedorov Vor Monat
I wrote a short film script using the same premise.
Mitch Finn
Mitch Finn Vor Monat
I like that the screenplay doesn't try to explain why the day keeps happening. If it did, it would drag down the script by showing contempt for the mystery. A hacky science fiction-like exposition would only be a letdown. Rather because the main character doesn't understand it, we too feel what he feels and go along with his experiments.
Eugene InLaw
Eugene InLaw Vor Monat
skillshare is too obvious now, i can tell when they're the sponsor and what the transitions will be now
sbasireddy19 Vor Monat
Lets not forget he had over a million (not joking, it's probably a million days he relived) chances to change, so his growth was SLOW
sbasireddy19 Vor Monat
Nader Issa
Nader Issa Vor 2 Monate
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do a video on INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. I've learned so damn much as a screen writer from your videos and id love to see your breakdown of that script. Sony officially released it online
Bowls Götzke
Bowls Götzke Vor 2 Monate
From "Learn to be selfless" to "Skillshare"... pointless plot twist, dude.
PlexyPanda Vor 2 Monate
5:22 That is frickin excellent haha 😅
Silver Game Dog
Silver Game Dog Vor 2 Monate
I used to think that Phil was stuck re-living Groundhog Day for a few months. Then I saw an interview with the writer that said it’s more like 8-10 YEARS! Wow that’s a long time!
Veronica Vor 2 Monate
Great video! Thanks 🌟
Arvindh Mani
Arvindh Mani Vor 2 Monate
Russian Doll fans, put your hands up!
Alexander Sakhnenko
Alexander Sakhnenko Vor 2 Monate
One of the best script concepts out there.
Aditya Varma
Aditya Varma Vor 2 Monate
waddup bois
TheGalacticCrafter Vor 2 Monate
That lead in to Skillshare though!!
TheGalacticCrafter Vor 2 Monate
The Netflix show Russian Doll that came out a few weeks ago put a slightly new spin on this premise and it was so satisfying, highly recommend
dane kelly
dane kelly Vor 2 Monate
BFM.....WE LOVE YOU.........
TheTuubster Vor 2 Monate
Fun fact: A year earlier, the Star Trek episode "Cause and Effect" explored the concept of time loops, only escaped until a puzzle is solved, too.
Gagan Bansal
Gagan Bansal Vor 2 Monate
Hey.. I am a big fan of your videos. Just a request though... Can you mention which movie you are going to do in next video at the end of each video. Because many time I hadn't watched that movie. First I watch the movie and then watch your video😅.
smtucker0419 Vor 2 Monate
He does make that information available on Patreon to subscribers, but only to those who want it. Some people like to be surprised.
Bemine4fun Vor 2 Monate
Loved the clever segue into the SkillShare ad.
Kevin Watson
Kevin Watson Vor 2 Monate
seriously ? This is a channel and an actual video ? WOW !
Richard Baker
Richard Baker Vor 2 Monate
A beautiful analysis Of this great film
PD Zombie
PD Zombie Vor 2 Monate
One of my favorite comedies of all time... If you could go back to the same day over and over again, wouldn't you try to make the perfect day? Thanx!!!
Jack Smith
Jack Smith Vor 2 Monate
I read from some one directly involve that for him to be skilled in all acts, he’d have go through 20/30 years of reliving the same day
eriel7 Vor 2 Monate
in my opinion, before I fall is a great example of this type of concept as well! I recommend it
John M
John M Vor 2 Monate
Did you ever have deja vu? I don't think so, but I can check with the kitchen...
Sun RA
Sun RA Vor 2 Monate
An amazing breakdown, as always.
5ilver42 Vor 2 Monate
HAHAHAHA that advert segue..
Doug Mcwilliams
Doug Mcwilliams Vor 2 Monate
Big fat clue from The Universe
Caged Vor 2 Monate
Greatest movie ever!
David Anders
David Anders Vor 2 Monate
great narration and commentary!
Thirst Fast
Thirst Fast Vor 2 Monate
Never saw it. Looks good.
grumplepig Vor 2 Monate
Nice job
TehMorbidAtheist Vor 2 Monate
Death is not the escape because you will get erased and replaced immediately and that other person will more or less go through a similar sensual life experience that you experienced.
jv7x Vor 2 Monate
Masterful analysis! I didn’t realize i could love this movie any more but you made it happen. Thanks!
Lisa Kirmsse
Lisa Kirmsse Vor 2 Monate
I love your channel so much :)
TheKyfe Vor 2 Monate
I don't remember where I read it, but according to the original screen play, it wasn't just "more than one life time," it was more than 10,000+ YEARS that he was stuck.
Matt A
Matt A Vor 2 Monate
Nice segueway to skillshare.
Allerslea Vor 2 Monate
Has anyone seen the 1990 film 12:01 with Kurtwood Smith? It has a very similar concept but a much more depressing ending. It was very enjoyable although I watched it a long time ago, I think the makers of it nearly sued the makers of groundhog day. Great video essay as always!
nothinmulch Vor 2 Monate
The idea that the premise itself traps him into personal growth is absolutely brilliant. I've never realized just how many good stories use this idea. A superhero trapped in his powers, a man trapped with a demon/monster inside, financial entrapment, slavery, wrongful imprisonment, ect.
Jon Alexander
Jon Alexander Vor 2 Monate
There is a bunch of new movies using this device. like happy death day and Russian doll on netflix. It has gone over so well that happy death day is getting a sequel.
CoinOpTV Vor 2 Monate
classic flick!
Jeffrey Vor 2 Monate
That old man is still the saddest moment I can think of in any live action move. Iron Giant still steals animated for me, but just realizing there are people you can't save is a traumatic but true lesson to life.
Samuel Herrera
Samuel Herrera Vor 2 Monate
Great analysis!
Parasuram Venkatesh
Parasuram Venkatesh Vor 2 Monate
Isn't it weird that the same/a similar premise keeps getting made over and over, most recently in Russian Doll?
Rovin Dcruz
Rovin Dcruz Vor 2 Monate
Love your videos mahn. Please do a breakdown of Godfather.
John Cine
John Cine Vor 2 Monate
Very inteligent script.Great lessons that character of Bill Murray learns.
jar8425 Vor 2 Monate
This is one of the most deeply romantic movies I've ever seen. But it is the romance of Phil with humanity, with optimism, with selflessness that is the fulcrum around which the secondary romance he has with Rita. This was the movie that I learned to love Bill Murray in. To me Mr. Murray was Phil. And while I don't really love most of Mr. Murray's early oever, I do love this movie.
F. Joumaa
F. Joumaa Vor 2 Monate
Excellent concept !!! can you talk about the before trilogy, since it's based on dialogue and screenplay writing ?
Michael Atherton
Michael Atherton Vor 2 Monate
Great segway
Adrian Jose De Jesus
Can you do a video comparing First Reformed and Taxi Driver showing their similarities and also differences.
TheOwlReviewer Vor 2 Monate
HMMMM.... Casablanca, please. You must remember this.
logan darbz
logan darbz Vor 2 Monate
Ok, but question: many film critics agree that a predictable plot hinders a movie, since it removes any suspense. So how is this example any different? Although I've never seen groundhogs day I've heard great things of it, even though from this video I've taken away that it is predictable (and therefore not good). I think I'm obviously missing something, could you help me?
smtucker0419 Vor 2 Monate
Sometimes the journey is entertaining, containing some surprises, even if you know where you will end up.
Paul Nicholas
Paul Nicholas Vor 2 Monate
Another great video - thanks Michael. Groundhog Day is one of my favs, and I think Murray's finest performance (other than Lost In Translation). Having this deeper insight only improves my love for the film. Thanks again! :D
Pototo Rolon
Pototo Rolon Vor 2 Monate
I've always thought he should just leave town as soon as he gets up, before the storm, but I guess he would just end up in the same place at the end of the day.
Markus Levin Jensted
Please look at the movie: The Guilty. The whole movie is shot in one scene, an emergency center. Saw it yesterday and it's one of the most amazing films I have ever seen.
finao o
finao o Vor 2 Monate
Dormammu, I have come to bargain.
tudorjason Vor 2 Monate
Such a timeless movie
finao o
finao o Vor 2 Monate
I see what you did there.
Ross Betts
Ross Betts Vor 2 Monate
Just saw Andie MacDowell in a Netflix show and she is still incredibly hot, more so considering she is 60 years old, I had a massive crush on her ever since Hudson Hawk.
Troy Bush
Troy Bush Vor 2 Monate
Hey, Michael! First-time commentator, long-time, aspiring screenwriter, I was thinking, is there anything about Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind that you can examine? I watched that movie in December and it has occupied my thoughts since.
ozzyg82 Vor 2 Monate
If there was no tomorrow in ground hog day, then there was no past, so where does the protagonist’s memory of the fact he’s reliving yesterday come from?
Булат Ибрагимов
probably, I pay attention to not the most important things. but I don't understand why Phil has to change himself somehow to continue his life.
finao o
finao o Vor 2 Monate
There's no logic to it. That's just the rule for this movie.
Kate Bogdan
Kate Bogdan Vor 2 Monate
I love your channel! I'm more interested in writing novels than screenplays, but I still find these videos super helpful and insightful for any medium or storytelling! Thanks Micheal.
Chris Napper
Chris Napper Vor 2 Monate
Plot twist - Ned was actually an angel/demon. He trapped Phil in the time loop at the time of their first meeting, mainly because of Phil's response to him. Phil did not escape the time loop because of all of his general good deeds, or because of the love of his life. He was freed from the time loop by the one who put him in it, thanks to him finally showing Ned a great level of kindness and generosity. Notice the time loop ends after they both acknowledge that that particular day was the best day of their lives.
Chris Napper
Chris Napper Vor 2 Monate
+Brian Bitner I'm subscribing immediately!
Brian Bitner
Brian Bitner Vor 2 Monate
I shouted out your comment on the LFTS podcast! itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/beyond-the-screenplay/id1451724425?mt=2
Jorge Benavides
Jorge Benavides Vor 2 Monate
When you hear “hi I’m Michael ... and you get all emotional ! Great video Michael love this !
shteevuk Vor 2 Monate
See, this is what annoys me about Russian Doll... she's not trapped by anything at all. All she has to do to break the loop is not die. Y'know, like all humans. Yeah, yeah, yada yada metaphor, yada yada that's not a plot hole, etc etc....
IPIay Vor 2 Monate
I never seen this movie, I really need to.
KlingonCaptain Vor 2 Monate
Unfortunately they just made what looks like possibly the worst video game based on this movie.
Dalton King
Dalton King Vor 2 Monate
Can you please do a a 10 most melancholy movies. I am truly in love with the feeling of melancholy, and while I have seen a decent number of movies, you have helped me discover many more. I would love if you could do one on my favorite type of feeling.
Andy Castaneda
Andy Castaneda Vor 2 Monate
And what if becoming selfless didn't make tomorrow come? Next step: Speedrun life in 24 hours. Can you get to space before the reset? Can you become the pope? How about become a #1 hit music artist within 24 hours?
PogieJoe Vor 2 Monate
Just saw this movie for the first time last year and was worried it would be an overrated, dated clunker. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this movie is awesome. It really wrings out soooo much out of its concept.
Alex spander
Alex spander Vor 2 Monate
Possibly one of the best segways into sponsors, you caught me off guard!
Mr. Sharp
Mr. Sharp Vor 2 Monate
Top 10 best movies of all time
Christopher James
Christopher James Vor 2 Monate
Smoothest add drop I’ve seen yet
Jack Kanov
Jack Kanov Vor 2 Monate
this movie blows
Kevin Gomolchak
Kevin Gomolchak Vor 2 Monate
The only bad thing about Groundhog Day is that it destroyed the relationship between Bill Murray & Harold Ramis.
David Olie
David Olie Vor 2 Monate
You haven't said anything a dozen other commentators have said about this film, and you added a commercial. Get stuffed.
Ollie Hopnoodle
Ollie Hopnoodle Vor 2 Monate
This was an interesting and thoughtful analysis of the film. I have always found it to be an entertaining film but the next time I watch it I will have a different point of view. Thank you.
Alma Gordon
Alma Gordon Vor 2 Monate
I can't help but seeing this through a different lens. I consider myself to be an objectivist in many ways. Which when really boiled down to it, I don't really believe it is a good thing to be selfless. And truly I don't think that Phil was being selfless. It was just the fact that he got his interests to better a line with the things he really wanted. I find it a rather big oxymoron to say that that he desired Rita but he had become selfless in order to get her. But he was truly selfless, he wouldn't even have desires at all. Just some thoughts.
Lucas Rinaldi
Lucas Rinaldi Vor 2 Monate
Even though the whole idea for the time loop was lifted from another story, I love this movie
Kayla Lum
Kayla Lum Vor 2 Monate
the show russian doll on netflix takes this concept and blows it wide up! loved watching this video in comparison
jcb3393 Vor 2 Monate
I just recently watched "Edge of Tomorrow" (a.k.a., "Live, Die, Repeat"), and couldn't help thinking that it's essentially "Groundhog Day" during a war. The main character has a similar inevitable growth path via reliving the same day repeatedly: he starts out as self-important and cowardly, and also seeks that escape from the repetition. The difference is that he MUST die every day (no falling asleep peacefully and awakening the next/same morning), so his desire to escape is initially much more about self-preservation and the avoidance of pain (i.e., the agony of death). SPOILER ALERT The twist - and most significant difference from Groundhog Day - is that there is someone else with a shared experience. This at least gives him an anchor of sanity and relief, while also being the catalyst that pushes him to set a goal greater than mere "avoidance of death/pain". Eventually, this "anchor in the sea of madness" becomes a love interest (again, initially out of mere "hormones", but eventually for better reasons: a need and desire to connect, not just with "someone" but with one who understands you and you know more than just at a carnal level). I'd love to see a video that examines "Edge of Tomorrow" and compares/contrasts it with "Groundhog Day".
Robert Vor Monat
Check out Happy Death Day and its sequel Happy Death Day 2U if you enjoy time loop stories like Groundhog Day and Edge of Tomorrow (which is also getting a sequel!). It's a take on slasher/comedy done by Blumhouse which has some surprising depth.
tamas mihaly
tamas mihaly Vor 2 Monate
When you sound so obnoxiously "Starbucks" I can't listen to your voice without feeling anger toward the human race.
Lsa F
Lsa F Vor 2 Monate
Gorgeous! Thanks
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Jenna J.
Jenna J. Vor 2 Monate
Hi! I love your videos - and noticing that you covered Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, I was wondering if you could analyze Mad Men!
Charly85 Vor 2 Monate
It’s a like cast away, Tom hanks spends nearly five years virtually living the same day over and over again stuck in a certain location. Except Tom loses his girl and himself in Wilson. It’s so sad yet couldn’t be more optimistic at the end when he stands at the cross roads not know which way to turn yet having the freedom to choose. For me these films are all about freedom.
27in27 Vor 2 Monate
The Skillshare segue was smooth. I'm no fan of video advertising but I have to give you props for that.
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i can’t stop coming back to rewatch this video
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