IMDb Rating: 7.6/10
R |1h 30min | Comedy, Romance |10 Jul 2020 (USA)|Movie
Metacritic: “Must See” 84
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92% Certified Fresh (Critic Reviews), 91% Fresh (Audience Reviews)
Director: Max Barbakow
Writer: Andy Siara
Stars: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons
Movie Tagline: “Live Like There’s No Tomorrow ”…
IMDb summary: When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honor Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated as they are unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.
Written by Jeremy.
Andy Samberg and romance is something I never thought could go so well together. Chuck in a little time loop, an equally whacky partner in crime in Cristin Milioti, and you’ve got Palm Springs.
Who knew that we needed this right now?
Palm Springs is not your average, cliched rom com. It never follows the cookie-cutter path most rom coms do. Nyles played by Andy Samberg, who wakes up next to his girlfriend in some random hotel room. It’s obvious that Nyles is not exactly head-over-heels in love with this woman. And the feeling is mutual from his girlfriend. So right from the start, you’re not sure where this is all headed.
Enter Sarah, played by Cristin Milioti, who ends up following Nyles into some kind of weird tunnel in the desert after being told by Nyles not to follow him. But Sarah doesn’t listen and boy, does she end up wishing she wasn’t so stubborn.
If you’re familiar with the movie “Groundhog Day” you might get an idea of what is happening to our lead characters from here on in. Stuck in a day they are both forced to repeat for the rest of their days, Sarah and Nyles can do nothing but adjust to their future lives together the best way they know how. And hilarity, chaos and lots and lots of drinking in swimming pools follows.
Instead of trying to be something it’s not, Palm Springs is just a good old fun time with a twist. And it also makes you think about life and what would happen if you were suddenly in this situation yourself. If you were forced to relive the same day over and over, how would you do it? And what would you do differently?
Sarah and Nyles have very different ideas about what they want to do with all the time they have living the same day over and over. And it’s these differences that eventually find their way to the surface of each character. It seems like it’s enough to really pull them apart. Maybe they’re just not meant to be. This is not your normal romantic comedy because the characters are actually likeable. Samberg and Milioti also have exceptional chemistry.
J. K. Simmons is also in this little gem as a dude named Roy who seems like your typical “dad next door” type, also caught in the same time loop as Nyles and Sarah. His impact on Nyles is interesting, and even for a minor character, his part is meaningful.
There are certain ingredients to a good rom com that are often left out of most of them. Palm Springs goes one step further and attempts to take the genre and turn it upside down a little. This makes it a lot more fun to watch. Samberg and Milioti are great at keeping you engaged and in touch with their characters.
I’m not an enormous fan of rom coms, but Palm Springs really delivered something unique and fresh to an otherwise tired genre. Have a wonderful time with this because it’s a fun ride.
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