Film Nerd Solves Bad Movie, World Rejoices

by Zoe Pollock

Simon Gallagher does the math to figure out just how many days Phil Connor "spent trapped in the loop of Groundhog Day." I have to say I'm horrified, and utterly impressed. Or as he puts it:

For anyone who wants to check all of this, I really don’t suggest watching Groundhog Day in this manner. It’s not the best way to enjoy what is essentially a light-hearted comedy whose metaphysical concerns are supposed to be enjoyed in fun, and not worked out mathematically. Normal people should be happy to just watch, and accept that Phil Connors is stuck repeating his one day endlessly over and over until he finds himself- but then, I don’t think I’m normal.