Monday, February 2, 2009

Groundhog Day

Just a random thought (something I'll try to do more often as I have time).

Isn't it interesting how prominently the movie plays in our culture? This is a holiday that dates to at least 1841, and a brief, very fluffy comedy has completely changed its meaning. Honestly ask yourself: when someone says something about Groundhog Day, do you think solely of the little rodent seeing his shadow, or is there also an element of experiencing the same thing over and over again?

I'd be willing to bet the latter enters in, even if it doesn't supersede the former. I can't think of another movie that has changed a holiday's meaning in this way. Can you?

1 comment:

SunnyNYC said...

You could make a case for "It's a wonderful life" on Christmas or "Independence Day" on the 4th of July...

But the movie did give added significance to a previously obscure holiday in the case of Groundhog day. To make an accurate comparison, you'd need a similarly obscure holiday, not religious based...

Someone needs to make a movie to popularize "Talk Like a Pirate" day.