Review: Palm Springs

You may have heard of this.

Seemingly carefree Nyles (Andy Samberg) is at a wedding in Palm Springs. He helps get a flustered Sarah,(Cristin Milioti) out of her maid of honor speech and they strike up a conversation. At the end of the night, strange things begin to happen and when Sarah wakes up the next morning she realizes she's living the same day again. Nyles (get it, he's a bit nihilistic) lets her know that she's stuck in the same infinite time loop he's been in for quite some time.

Even though the trailer looked amusing, I was a tad reluctant to watch this because I'm not big on time travel movies, or movies where they keep repeating the same thing over and over. (like Vantage Point)  But seeing as it was on Hulu and what else am I going to do during a pandemic, I gave it a go.

To the film's credit, it's a very fresh take. Sure, Sarah and Nyles are stuck in the same day, but they spend those days doing a variety of different things so it never feels too repetitive or clunky. I liked where they took this. The characters may not be deep or original but the film doesn't really require them to be. They just have to be enough for us to want to watch them navigate the time loop.

And they are. Milioti especially was my favorite. Meredith Hagner who plays Misty, Nyle's awful girlfriend provided the only legitimate laugh for me. I really loved how she played Misty. That does bring me to the biggest fault - and it's that I just didn't laugh at a lot of this. There were plenty of amusing things happening, but the only time I actually laughed was when Misty and Nyles had a pretty ridiculous altercation. 

Overall, for a film that you can catch on streaming, I liked this. It doesn't fall victim to the tropes I expected it too and the actors are engaging.

Recommedned: Yes

Grade: B-

Memorable Quote: "At least you have each other, nothing is worse than going through this shit alone." - Roy (JK Simmons)

12 comments:

  1. yeah, it's not the typical comedy or romance, which i appreciate about it. misty is hilarious - very much like the actor's Search Party character

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    1. I've never seen Search Party! I'll have to look that up.

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  2. I heard about this as I might see though I don't want to be reminded of Vantage Point. That was an awful film that claimed to be original (that is if you hadn't seen Rashomon) but wasn't at all.

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    1. This is thankfully way better because they lose the repetition.

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  3. This falls into the category of things I'll see eventually, but I'm in no rush. And Vantage Point was terrible.

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    1. Vantage Point angers me just thinking about it all these years later lol

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  4. I didn't laugh either except at that kid watering shit lol

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    1. I forgot about that. My laugh is when Nyles and Misty are arguing and he's saying everything she's about to say at the same time and she gets all mad.

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  5. Totally with you here, this was a fun streaming flick to throw on. I also got a kick out of the fact that they couldn't afford to shoot any of the movie in Palm Springs haha.

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    1. They did a good job of making it look like it, at least! lol

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