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'Groundhog Day' (1993)
Family Ties: Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray
Why It Worked: While the twisted Christmas movie "Scrooged" wins the Murray family trifecta with Bill, Brian and John all playing key roles, "Groundhog Day" is for many the more memorable Murray collaboration (despite John Murray's absence). Though Doyle-Murray's role as Buster Green, the mayor of Punxsatawny is a small one, he's hardly his little brother's added baggage -- he co-wrote "Caddyshack" (which he also appeared in along with bro Bill) with "Groundhog Day" director Harold Ramis. The story of "Groundhog Day" is perhaps most memorable for finding the sweetness in Phil Conners, Bill's caustic newscaster character, as he inches his way toward love with Rita (Andie MacDowell) by repeating one day over and over again until he finally gets the dance of true romance right. Still, Murray's brother lends a pivotal hand in underscoring Phil's transition from selfish jerk to changed man when Phil saves Buster from choking to death on a steak. He rarely gets the praise or attention, but Doyle-Murray is memorable for lending a helping hand.
-Liane Bonin Starr