Teaching Existentialism thru (mostly) Funny Films: "It's Groundhog Day!"

Did you know that Groundhog Day star Bill Murray studied philosophy at the Sorbonne and was also selected by the Vatican to solicit jokes from the American public to tickle Pope Francis' funny bone during his first US visit?

Or that the film's writer, the late Harold Ramis, was profoundly influenced by his family's Jewish faith when crafting this classic -- itself a comedic reimagining of Existentialist Philosopher Albert Camus' own re-imagining of the ancient Myth of Sisyphus?

Well, let's not get too high-falootin', but suffice it to say, there is a lot more to this early 90s rom-com than what may at first meet the eye -- and most of us already suspected there was an eyeful there to begin with.

So here's a lesson plan intended for any and everyone, but that I particularly created for and use with young people -- 8th grade to early college -- who are in recovery.

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