I had never heard of this movie. Today, I was watching SEN Live on the SEN Network on YouTube when host Kristian Harloff gave a movie review about a film he watched on Hulu, called Palm Springs.
He mentioned that he really loved the movie and that he felt like it was the best movie he had seen so far in 2020. I have always liked Andy Samberg, so I put this on my list to see.
Although I may not agree with him about it being the best movie of the year so far, I would say that Kristian was right about one thing. This is excellent.
Nyles (Andy Samberg) is at a friend’s wedding when something strange happens. He hooks up with the depressed maid of honor Sarah (Cristin Milioti), but their tryst is interrupted by Roy (J.K. Simmons). Nyles runs into a cave and yells to Sarah to not come inside. She ignores him and gets caught in a surreal world.
This is a funny film with a new twist on the Groundhog Day trope that we have seen plenty of times in films. Both Samberg and Milioti are great in their roles and their desperation is just one of the emotions they go through as each day resets to the beginning. Milioti especially shows some serious emotion as she is continuously returned to the moment of shame that she feels.
I also loved J.K. Simmons’ roles here. He steals every scene he is in and brings a credibility to the film.
There was a lot of clever writing that does not get bogged down with the functionality of the plot. The relationship with Nyles and Sarah carries the rom-com through every situation. It is funny and entertaining. It moves quickly and uses each minute effectively. I never would have seen this, but I am very pleased that I did.