First The Dude, now Steve Zissou.
This latest stylish onesie comes courtesy of Aunt Bevin, whose impeccable taste once again does not fail her.
It’s hard to say which Bill Murray film will be the first we make Sam watch. In terms of age-appropriateness, the regrettable Garfield, for which Murray did the voiceover, would be the obvious choice. The Fantastic Mr. Fox would also qualify although it’s once again voiceover work, and for a much smaller part (Badger). In terms of the Murray canon, though, our favorites — Ghostbusters, Ed Wood, Rushmore, Lost in Translation, Caddyshack and his indelible turn as Ernie McCracken in Kingpin — all feature, to varying degrees, what Ben’s mom termed “adult situations” when he wanted to see a movie she didn’t want him to see. That leaves our other two favorites: What About Bob? and Groundhog Day. What About Bob? takes the “Slightly Less ‘Adult Situations'” category (there’s some hanky-panky in Groundhog Day, plus more cursing, dying, and violence to groundhogs), but Groundhog Day takes both the “Better Film” and “More Likely To Lead To Meaningful Parent-Child Conversation” categories. There’s just so much in Groundhog Day: questions of atonement, absolution of past sins, the Buddhist notion of Eternal return. (The religious themes abound, such that Buddhists, Jews and Christians have all made claims on the film; one critic, Michael Bronski of The Forward, said, “The groundhog is clearly the resurrected Christ, the ever hopeful renewal of life at springtime, at a time of pagan-Christian holidays,” adding, “And when I say that the groundhog is Jesus, I say that with great respect”). Plus you get to see Bill advise a groundhog that is sitting on his lap steering a truck not to “drive angry.” That’s just good comedy.
(You can test your Bill Murray trivia knowledge by taking this quiz at the AMC movie blog. We got five out of five.)