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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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If you take the movie as allegory this question — and the movie — become sublime. 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 ...


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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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Per the screenwriter Danny Rubin's answer here Allow me to jump in here. Hi everyone. As mentioned above my original intent was that Phil would live for longer than a single lifetime. That was the point of the original script: to see how a person might change if he lived longer than one lifetime (it was always about a man who could not escape life). The ...


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The first lines of the movie: "Somebody asked me today... "Phil, if you could be anywhere, where would you like to be?" I said to him, "Probably right here." Elko, Nevada." In screenwriting, many devices are used to give us a clue of what the movie is about. Not what happens, but what it is about. For example, it could be said that many ...


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I think many are missing this crucial dialogue in the movie: Rita: I don't know what to say. Phil: I do. No matter what happens tomorrow, or for the rest of my life, I'm happy now. The loop broke when it was pointless to continue further: I think this is crucial. Each day before that one had the potential to be different, to be better; but not the ...


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I've always viewed this movie as a metaphor spanning a lifetime. Having frequently heard the expression, "If I knew then what I know now..." GHDay begins with Phil's self-centered, arrogant, and dismissive attitude (frequently associated with the teenage years) and grows through to caring about others and finally finding contentment in a relationship that ...



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