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According to this review answering such questions in the movie itself would have "ruined" it. The original script contained an explanation of the start of the time loop - a voodoo spell - but that was considered a poor idea. So, I wonder if there is a conclusive answer to your question. It was deliberately left out by Harold Ramis. We are left speculating ...


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I don't believe a formal answer was ever provided in the movie, but it seemed to require Phil to finally diverge from a path of pure selfishness and embrace the ideals of love and respect for other human beings. He started the movie disrespecting the cameraman Larry (Chris Elliott) and the producer Rita (Andi MacDowell) by blowing off the ceremony by being ...


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It's a very very hidden big irony. He started the movie as a jerk and egotist, with everything in his mind being about him and not caring about others. At least, on a minor, 1-person scale. We are led to believe that this perception of things being about him are wrong. Then, as we find out after the movie ends (see wbogacz's excellent answer), the whole ...


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While I like wbogacz's and DVK's answers very much, I humbly suggest they are incomplete. It's about more than overcoming selfishness or solipsism (all about me) or even insufficient solipsism, as keen an insight as that is. For me the answer to the original question comes when the movie is taken as allegorical, an analogy for one of life's deepest ...


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It was a miracle of God intervening in his life. For whatever reason, he was permitted to experience reality over and over and over again, while fully cognizant and fully remembering everything prior. It's like conscious reincarnation, each day being a new life, only with him starting out as a 45 yro instead of an infant. After thousands of days, he had ...



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