Palm Springs (2020)

Palm Springs (2020)

An innocent-fun rom-com with a few twists

7.9

Movie

United States Hong Kong, United States of America
English, Spanish
Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
2020
MAX BARBAKOW
Andy Samberg, Brian Duffy, Camila Mendes
90 min

What it's about

When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honor Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated when they find themselves unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.

The take

Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti (Modern Love, Black Mirror), and J.K. Simmons star in this easy but original rom-com that takes place in a wedding time loop. Nyles (Samberg) finds himself living the same day over and over again, so he gives in to the monotony and the fact that there is no way to escape it. 

When he is about to hook up with one of the guests, Sarah (Milioti), he is attacked by a mysterious character. The routine of his time-loop is broken. 

Palm Springs is often surreal and philosophical, which are not adjectives usually used to describe rom-coms. It offers just enough twists to be original without jeopardizing the things that make it a good rom-com.

Comments

This is not your traditional rom-com. Yes, it contains a lot of the similar tropes wrapped up in a groundhog day -ish plot. It’s funny with introspective, serious moments that are broken at the right time. Rewatchable.

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