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"Groundhog Day": Consequences

In this insightful comedy, an egocentric TV weatherman named Phil (Bill Murray) is assigned to cover the festivities of Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Due to an unexpected snowstorm, Phil must spend an extra night in this little town with his producer and love interest, Rita (Andie MacDowell).

When Phil awakens the next morning, he discovers it is still February 2nd. Soon he realizes he is stuck in a 24-hour loop of Groundhog Days. No matter what he does, he wakes up every morning as if nothing had happened the day before.

Phil explores what life would be like if there were no consequences. People could do whatever they wanted. Along with some newfound friends, he lives recklessly, sparking a police chase. After leaving a swath of destruction, he's arrested. But when Phil wakes up, it is Groundhog Day once again.

On this particular day Phil goes out to lunch with Rita. He orders most everything on the menu and lights up a cigarette.

Curious about his strange behavior, Rita asks, "Don't you worry about cholesterol, lung cancer, love-handles?"

"I don't worry about anything anymore," Phil responds.

"What makes you so special?" Rita counters. "Everybody worries about something."

Phil contends that his lack of concern over any consequences (including the wages of not flossing) is what makes him special.

Rita responds by quoting a poem by Sir Walter Scott.

The wretch concentrated all in self
Living so forth with fair renown
And doubly dying shall go down
To the vile dust from whence he sprung
Unwept, unhonored, and unsung.

Phil attempts to shrug this off, but he soon discovers that a world not governed by moral accountability is an empty one indeed.

Elapsed time: Measured from the beginning of the opening credit, this scene begins at 00:31:48 and lasts about 5½ minutes. Content: Rated PG for language.

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