Review in Brief: Palm Springs (2020)

PALM SPRINGS is a GROUNDHOG DAY-alike that actually manages to surpass Harold Raimis’ classic in many ways. It’s raucously hilarious with some incredibly dark passages but what really makes it special is its unexpected philosophical profoundness and completely earnest sweetness. Nyles (Andy Samberg) and Sarah (Cristin Milioti) get stuck in a time loop and have to re-live Sarah’s sister’s unbearable wedding day for all eternity. We ping back and forth to various loops over an indeterminate amount of time, keeping track of where we are in Nyles’ story by whether he’s in a suit, Hawaiian shirt or some alarming combination of the two. The gags come at you almost too fast to process and you’ll only be rewarded with a pounding headache if you try and apply real-world logic to the central premise, but what you’ll remember most is these two wonderful characters, lost souls given eternity to find their place and to notice each other. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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