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  • Gareth Crook

Palm Springs (2020)

Updated: Oct 17, 2020

I’m not sure what brought me here, I think it was a random mention on a podcast or something. Nyles (Andy Samberg) is dragged to a wedding by his annoyingly perky girlfriend Misty (Meredith Hagner). He’s not suited to either her or weddings, Nyles is a glass half full guy, a nihilist, a grump. Nyles though is also an awesome drunk, an activity he indulges in marvellously and one that helps him meet Sarah (Cristin Milioti). They hit it off, nearly hook up, then he gets shot by a dude in army fatigues with a crossbow! This is not your average romcom. The guy with the bow is Roy (JK Simmons), a guy from Nyles’ past who is not too pleased with him cursing him to a repetitive world reminiscent of Groundhog Day. See, not average. Y’see Nyles is trapped in a loop, living the same day over and over. He’s done all the things Bill Murray did, but we’re not witness to that and this film isn’t really about redemption. This is about Nyles dragging Sarah into the loop. Now it’s not super original, but it is fun and both Samberg and Milioti are great to watch. He’s the old pro, she’s the novice. It’s largely stupid, switch your brain off stuff as the two find humourous and frivolous ways to pass the endless day(s), but there’s an obvious event coming in their future. Falling for one another. Something that throws them both off what had become a comfortable path. It’s still a bit derivative, but it’s well constructed and despite a dodgy montage where Sarah learns quantum mechanics it’s really quite engaging. Considering what it’s trying to do, it’s very simple, but that’s okay. As is all the silliness and the finale that made my eyes roll. I enjoyed a romcom fantasy, who’d have thunk it.



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