Tuesday, December 16, 2003

Groundhog Almighty

Since its debut a decade ago, the film has become a curious favorite of religious leaders of many faiths, who all see in Groundhog Day a reflection of their own spiritual messages.” Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Wicca, Falun Gong—it’s all in there, apparently. “‘No one comes down and issues this formal command, and so he doesn’t know, and the audience doesn’t know, why this day is repeating, but it is,’ Prendergast said. ‘And that’s why it is appealing to so many different religions. He faces this existential test, but he does not know it’s a test, and he doesn’t know what the results will be.’” (Alex Kuczynski, The New York Times, via Salt Lake Tribune, Dec 2003)

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