Palm Springs

Trapped in a perpetual time loop, Nyles has been living the same day over and over again for a very long time. Against the backdrop of sunny Palm Springs, Nyles must wake up with a woman he doesn’t much like, relive the wedding day of Tala and Abe, and prevent gloomy Sarah, the bride’s chronically bored sister, from making a humbling, booze-addled mistake. However, how do you spend eternity reliving a day you would rather forget?

Director: Max Barbakow
Cast: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, J.K. Simmons

Review: A wonderful, witty and weird spin on an old favorite, which seems destined to become a classic itself. With the comedy pedigree behind it, it’s no surprise that this is a hugely funny film. It’s brought to us by The Lonely Island, the crew who made the This Is Spinal Tap formula their own with Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. And here they, Barbakow and Siara find novel ways to riff on Nyles’ and Sarah’s existential woes. There are consequence-free tattoos, a bravura dance number in a biker bar, an exploding plane, J.K. Simmons as a guy mysteriously bent on killing Nyles, and what will surely be 2021’s funniest handjob-in-a-car scene (although the year is still young). But while raunchier and spikier than Groundhog Day, it never loses its sense of sweetness. And Milioti and Samberg prove a perfect match for each other, game to throw themselves into any scenario, no matter how daft, usually with a red can of Akupara beer in their hand.

Verdict: Super Worth the Popcorn

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