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Happy Death Day (2017)

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A college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again, in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity.

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David Gelbman
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Keith Lumbly
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Storyline

A teenage girl, trying to enjoy her birthday, soon realizes that this is her final one. That is, if she can figure out who her killer is. She must relive that day, over and over again, dying in a different way each time. Can she solve her own murder?

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Get Up. Live Your Day. Get Killed. Again.


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Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug material and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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13 October 2017 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,039,025, 15 October 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$55,683,845, 14 December 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,300,000, 26 October 2017
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original script written by Scott Lobdell included material intending to make the film R-rated. Some scenes involved grislier death depictions that were entirely altered by the film's director Christopher Landon. See more »

Goofs

Despite the film taking place in Louisiana, only one character ever speaks with a Southern accent. Everyone else speaks with no discernible accent. See more »

Quotes

Tree Gelbman: It's been so much worse.
Tree Gelbman: All of this running and hiding has made me so miserable.
Tree Gelbman: and i think i finally figured it out.
Tree Gelbman: For me, it took something, like, totally crazy, but...
Tree Gelbman: but I'm here.
Tree Gelbman: and I love you.
Tree Gelbman: and I'm so, so sorry that i hurt you.
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Crazy Credits

The opening Universal logo gets abruptly sucked into oblivion and then restarts, referencing the film's time loop element. This happens twice before the logo finally plays uninterrupted. See more »

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References Groundhog Day (1993) See more »

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Love Stuck
Written by Ryan Guldemond
Performed by Mother Mother
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Derivative half-comic slasher flick proves you can't go wrong when you steal from the best
23 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Jessica Rothe is amusingly pithy and savvy playing a selfish college beauty, a spoiled sorority sister who rules the school until she is stabbed and killed on her way to a surprise birthday party by a masked lunatic. But fate plays this campus cutie an unusual hand once she discovers she's living her birthday over and over again, each time attempting to cheat death but always running into her attacker. Screenwriter Scott Lobdell isn't trying to sneak a slasher variant of "Groundhog Day" passed us--he's upfront about the similarities, even exalts in them, while toying with all the possibilities such a scenario can offer. It takes Rothe three tries to fully comprehend what's happening to her; once she formulates a plan (creating a suspect list), Lobdell mixes things up, so that the movie rarely feels repetitive. Our heroine, snarky to start, follows Bill Murray's example and becomes a better person on her twisted journey (reestablishing contact with her father, apologizing to her roommate, even causing her own demise on one occasion to prevent the cute nerd from the boys' dorm from losing his life). Director Christopher B. Landon deserves credit for delivering a modern-day thriller with lots of action but no gore and no nudity. If it isn't quite a family-friendly slasher flick, it certainly is a squirrelly, sassy one, with some big laughs counterbalancing the suspense. Good show! *** from ****


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