When Nyles (Andy Samberg) meets Sarah (Cristin Milioti) at a Palm Springs wedding, he finds himself at a very special moment in his life. Every day he wakes up to relive the same day, an eternal Déjà Vu from which he has long since stopped trying to escape. Sarah wakes him up from his reality and gives him something new and exciting: a reason to want to be alive.
Palm Springs is a comedy with a premise similar to Groundhog Day : A character is doomed to repeat the same day of his life over and over again, but the interesting thing here is that the premise takes a back seat as soon as we see how it is the relationship between the main characters develops.
Nyles doesn’t remember how he ended up in this time loop and has tried everything to try and escape. Now he spends his day wearing a Hawaiian shirt, drinking beer, and teasing the wedding guests while his girlfriend Misty has sex with one of the groomsmen in the bathroom. Sarah’s energy reminds her of the question she had forgotten “How about there is a way out of this?”
The chemistry between the protagonists is intoxicating. With well-written dialogue and just the right amount of jokes, Palm Springs proposes a comedy that makes us laugh but also manages to move us with the existential problems of the characters despite the fact that the story takes place in a completely unreal world.
The central theme of the film is “loneliness” and this hits peculiarly stronger in the midst of the 2020 pandemic. In the same way that the characters in the film are unmotivated and isolated, likewise we in confinement have had time to confront each other with loneliness and monotony and thus in this state, remember how precious it is to genuinely connect with other human beings.
IMDB Rating: 7.4
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, Camila Mendes, Tyler Hoechlin, Meredith Hagner