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Groundhog Day Review


Essential
Brilliant, quirky, good-natured, and smart are just some of the adjectives that we film critics don't get to use often enough, but all of them apply to Groundhog Day. Director/screenwriter Harold Ramis, actor Bill Murray, and everyone else involved with this film have all been responsible for their share of dogs. But this quirky, good-natured comedy is as good as it can be. Too rarely does a clever screenplay come along to give good actors a chance.

Murray's TV weatherman is a burnout with a bad attitude, a small fish in a small market, who affects the egotism and cynicism of all members of the press but knows that he's second-rate. Then, in a bizarre plot turn, he is thrown into a time warp where he is forced to live the same day over and over until he gets it right -- and to learn to appreciate life's blessings in the process.

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S.F.W. Review


Weak
S.F.W. stands for "So Fuckin' What?"--the personal credo of one Cliff Spab (Stephen Dorff), a Generation X nobody who becomes famous after being held hostage for 36 days in a Fun Stop convenience store.

1995's Gen X movie hits the scene quite early, and compared to its forerunners (Reality Bites, Singles, Slacker), it doesn't come close to capturing the spirit of the generation. The movie has some entertaining moments and interesting supporting characters, but in the end it is generally obnoxious, relying on a loud punk soundtrack and far too many cliches about life.

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