New York Magazine


HAROLD RAMIS DIDN’T set out to make a religious parable when he directed 1993’s Viewers from Buddhists to Jesuit priests, however, have claimed to see aspects of their faiths reflected in its story of a man doomed to live the same day over and over. The journey of Phil Connors, asshole weatherman, really is a kind of nondenominational spiritual rebirth that takes him from liberation to despair to generosity. (His periodic havoc-wreaking and attempts to get laid just enhance the experience.) didn’t invent the temporal loop, but it did; Tom Cruise learned to be a better action hero by rerunning battles and dying over and over again in The template is now familiar enough that a main character in the new movie can sum up the premise with a desultory shorthand: “It’s one of those infinite time-loop situations you might have heard about,” he says, trailing off questioningly. No further explanation needed.

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