Title: Palm Springs
Release Date: July 10, 2020
Director: Max Barbakow
Production Company: Limelight Productions | Lonely Island Classics | Sun Entertainment | FilmNation Entertainment
Let’s get the obvious out of the way: Palm Springs follows the same basic premise of Groundhog Day where someone is living the same day over and over again on a seemingly infinite time loop. There are some key differences. When the film begins, Nyles (Andy Samberg) is already caught in a time loop attending a wedding in which his girlfriend Misty (Meredith Hagner) is the bridesmaid. He accidentally pulls a second person into the the loop with him, sister of the bride Sarah (Cristin Milioti). And the movie has more elements of gross-out and sex comedy than Groundhog Day.
It’s an interesting reworking of a formula, and leads to a perfectly enjoyable romantic comedy. Nyles and Sarah are initially contentious but grow closer after who knows how many thousands of repeats. It’s a fun lark, but it’s not likely something I’ll return to.