Family Movie Night

This is the first week of February, the first week of hope that winter is almost over despite the blizzard that is hitting my neck of the woods right now.

Already, the sun is brighter. Already, it stays up longer.

We are awaiting the results of the groundhog and wondering. Will he see his shadow, will he not? Does it really matter?

 In giving us something to celebrate after dealing with cold feet and cold hands, Groundhog’s Day really matters. We need this bit of hope.

Because of this special day, I was thinking of the movie of the same name with Bill Murray.

Andie McDowell and Bill Murray in "Groundhog's Day';Picture from

 Similar to A Christmas Carol, a cold and callous man learns to love life after having to suffering the same day over and over again. We see Murray, as the weatherman who hates Groundhog’s Day, try to find a way out of the day but fate will not allow that.

 Instead he learns to enjoy life, to open his eyes and see what is around him all of the time. That includes falling in love with Andie McDowell, his new producer. This movie will be better for teens and adults as the context of the movie is better suited for adults.

What makes me laugh are some of the scenes that Murray shares with the groundhog. Such as when Murray steals the wood chuck and they go for a ride into a quarry. These are fun goofy little scenes that remind me of another movie with Murray and a furry puppet.

 CaddyShack has been called one of the funniest movies ever made. Murray stars as the groundskeeper, Carl, who has been given the job of getting rid of the gopher tunneling through the golf course.

Caddyshack poster; Image from

 There are grand plans and simple plans and the simple joy of knowing he can get rid of his ultimate nemesis. I might be talking about the stoner grounds keeper, I might be talking about the gopher.

 I love this movie for taking pot-shots, for being crass and crude at times, for being able to watching comedians get their teeth into good material and work it. I even love the one scene that Murray and Chevy Chase share that was totally improvisational.

 It is a movie that is meant for older teens and adults; leave the grade school children out of the room while watching this movie. Another benefit is the setting of the story at a golf course. A golf course is green and therefore the weather must be warm. Who wouldn’t want to watch one of the best comedies ever that is set in warm weather while we are actually in the middle of winter?

G-Force; Picture from

Now I know some of you out there are going “This post is about ‘Family Movies.’ Neither of these movies are ‘Family Movies’.”  If you want a movie with some cute cuddly creatures in an action/adventure type of setting, why not G-Force which features four cuter-than-cute guinea pigs who are the only hope in the world?

I like parts of this movie but, really, it is fine if the kids just want to watch it by themselves. It might just be too cute for some of the older members of the family unless it is the scenes that Penelope Cruz gives voice to the lone female pig. 

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

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