Groundhog Day: Five underappreciated Bill Murray roles

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Kenneth Bowden, Wild Things
Wild Things was a truly awful movie, an incoherent thriller that existed almost exclusively for the purpose of making Neve Campbell and Denise Richards creepily make out -- this was the '90s, after all, when that shit was craaazy. The single pinpoint of light in that 98-minute black hole was Bill Murray's side role as Matt Dillon's lawyer -- watch him ad lib on the line above -- it's awesome. And congratulations, you've now saved yourself the trouble of seeing the movie.

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Agent 13, Get Smart

The 2008 remake of the Don Adams classic Get Smart was mostly unnecessary, but one of its few truly good scenes involves Bill Murray in a tree, playing off the Murray-renaissance tinge of sadness that got added to his persona over the course of films like Lost in Translation and everything by Wes Anderson. It's less than a minute long, but it proves that Murray, if only for a shining second, makes everything better.

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Miamigirl
Miamigirl

I saw "Tootsie" at least five times at the theater, and never heard the line that followed Bill Murray calling Dustin Hoffman (as Dorothy Michaels) a "slut" until I saw it on video. The audience went nuts each time. If Hoffman wasn't so virtuoso, he would've been overshadowed by Murray's egotistical "artiste" playwright.

BLRBrazil
BLRBrazil

Groundhog Day is one of my favourite movies, so it's definitely not underappreciated in this house. The way he portrays his evolution as he is constantly faced with repeating the same day over and over again is marvelous to behold. And the film is one of the most inspiring portrayals of the flaws and potential of human nature that one can hope to find. A movie classic!

Greg
Greg

I'm so happy Lost in Translation is not on this list. That movie is not only overrated - but its straight up terrible. I can never get back those hours of my life. Hate. That. Movie.

Passin'through
Passin'through

I thought he was really good in "The Razor's Edge." While it is technically a drama, he ends up playing "Bill Murray" in a few scenes.

Joos
Joos

how about 'The Life Aquatic'

Dwitt
Dwitt

Caddy Shack was his greatest role hands down

ecigs
ecigs

What about Bob??

Ubisububi
Ubisububi

You left out Quick Change.

Everybody leaves out Quick Change...

Show and Tell Moderator
Show and Tell Moderator

He played the lead in that movie, and I would argue that it was an appreciated movie, thus disqualifying it from the "underappreciated roles" list.

Show and Tell Moderator
Show and Tell Moderator

Caddyshack? Really? Come on. His character was mildly retarded in that movie. He was still good in it, but he wasn't reaching his full potential there.

Joos
Joos

But you never really hear much about it it sort of quietly slipped away

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