When carefree Nyles (Andy Samberg) and reluctant maid of honor Sarah (Cristin Milioti) have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated when they find themselves unable to escape the venue, themselves, of each other. Alongside Golden Globe winner Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, SNL), Palm Springs also stars Cristin Milioti (The Wolf of Wall Street), Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Meredith Hagner (Search Party), Camila Mendes (Riverdale), Tyler Hoechlin (Superman and Lois), and Peter Gallagher (Grace and Frankie). (synopsis courtesy Coming Soon)
Falling in love is gloriously good … and as countless romantic comedies have made abundantly clear, plagued with all kinds of hazards and setbacks (usually put right by a frantic trip to the airport, so there’s that at least).
Feel like upping the degree of romantic difficulty?
Palm Springs hears you and answers with a giddily affirmative “Hell yeah!” by combining rom-com with a Groundhog Day-esque time loop and letting all who-the-f**k-cares-what-happens-next hell break loose!
Premiering at Sundance Film Festival 2020 back in the time before COVID-19 made merry with cinema outings, Palm Springs has got a good buzz around it with Variety having this to say about the latest in a long line of films with time loops at their gleefully repetitive heart:
“There are far worse places to be stuck for eternity than Palm Springs. Like Punxsutawney, the town Bill Murray can’t escape in “Groundhog Day,” for example. So many copycat time-loop movies have come along in the 27 years since then that each new imitator can’t help sounding like a broken record, which is what makes Max Barbakow’s infinite-regress comedy “Palm Springs” such a refreshing remix of this overplayed genre …”
Palm Springs premieres on Hulu on 10 July; the US streaming service is currently unavailable in Australia.