Saturday, April 27, 2013

Groundhogs and Twin Souls

     I was watching an old movie that I picked up for cheap at the neighborhood drug store, a movie that I hadn't seen in probably 20 years or so.  Perhaps you've seen it,but if not, maybe you can pick it up at your local DVD bargain bin.  It's called Groundhog Day. 

     I was struck, this many years later, how much this movie parallels my beliefs about Twin Souls. The director mentioned that many people contacted him about how their religion was mirrored in the movie's themes.  Apparently, Buddhists, fundamental Christians, Catholics, and others were really touched by this film! 

     That being said, I thought I'd add my two-cents' worth about how Groundhog Day illustrates the path to reunion with one's Twin Soul. 

     But first, I should probably give you a brief synopsis of the movie.  Phil, a cynical, sarcastic, and self-centered television weather reporter, is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to do a live feed on Groundhog Day. (For my foreign readers, this is the day when Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog, is awakened from his burrow to predict the weather.  If he doesn't see his shadow, it will be an early spring, but if he does see his shadow, it means another six weeks of winter).  His new producer, Rita, is sent along with the camera man, Larry.  Rita is sweet, unjaded, kind to all, and a perfect target for Phil's sarcastic comments.  Because they are unable to leave the town due to a blizzard, they all have to stay the night, much to Phil's unhappiness.  The next morning, Phil wakes up to hear the same song played on his radio alarm clock ("I Got You, Babe" by Sonny and Cher), and when he hears the same radio patter and sees the same people he saw the morning before, he realizes that he is living Groundhog Day all over again.  This happens day after day, reliving February 2nd over and over seemingly hundreds of times.  At first, Phil decides to abandon all responsibility for his actions, since what he does this day will be erased by the next morning when he has to repeat the day again.  He later tries hedonism (sex and gluttony), and then, desperate to escape this hell, he commits suicide in all different ways.  Later, he tries to mold himself into the person that Rita might be interested in, all to no effect (although he gets slapped several times for his efforts).  Finally, he decides if he can't get together with Rita, at least he can learn to be kind like her, so he ends up being the town hero and resident savior, and Rita finally falls for him.  Cue the romantic music.

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