Sometimes when you watch as many films and television series as critics tend to, you just want something different. Now, different does not mean obtuse or crappy. It means something of quality that is engaging while standing out from the crowd.
A totally under the radar (though it does star Andy Samberg) film like Palm Springs, directed by Max Barbakow (first feature film) and screenplay by Andy Siara (writer on television series Lodge 49) fills that bill. It uses oft used film tropes like Groundhog Day, romantic comedy and love found at a wedding ceremony but presents them in a unique and witty way. The result is a thoroughly enjoyable film.
I am not one of those who has fallen under the spell of Andy Samberg. While the stuff he has been in has not been as painful to be as fellow Saturday Night Live alum Adam Sandler, it still has not been anything to write home to mom. Here he has found a role/film which is right up his alley. It taps into what he does well – acting silly and delivering witty lines.
In his screen partner Samberg has found someone equally up to the task. Cristin Milioti is someone who I was not really familiar with despite the fact that she has a long IMDb entry including television series like The Sopranos, How I Met Your Mother, Fargo, and The Mindy Project.
While at her sister’s wedding, family black sheep Sarah (Cristin Milioti) meets the seemingly carefree Nyles (Andy Samberg). Despite the fact that he has a girlfriend (Meredith Hagner – Irrational Man, Going the Distance). As things are beginning to get hot and heavy a man (J.K. Simmons – La La Land, Spider-Man: Far From Home) appears seemingly out of nowhere and begins trying to kill Nyles. With arrows!
While freaking out over what is going on, Sarah also is wondering WTF is going on? Then suddenly she wakes up in her bed again. Freaking out she meets up with Nyles again who seems to be very calm about what is going on. He explains to her, as best as he can, and that the two are caught up in the eternal reliving of the same day. That there is no way to get out of it.
Type of film which you go into with no expectations and are pleasantly surprised. A quirky comedy with a load of fun/cute moments. Hope it gets the eyes on it which it deserves.
Palm Springs is available on Apple TV+.