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Film review: Palm Springs

At last,a rom com worth watching says Linda Marric


Two wedding guests form a budding romance in this Groundhog Day-esque romantic comedy starring Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Cristin Milioti (The Wolf of Wall Street). Directed by Max Barbakow, Palm Springs also features a hilarious turn from Oscar winner JK Simmons.

Samberg plays Nyles, a guest at plush destination wedding in Palm Springs alongside his girlfriend (Meredith Hagner). Seemingly bored with the whole affair, Nyles forms a bond with Sarah (Milioti), the bride’s sister who feels as out of place as he does. The two soon hit it off and end up drunkenly kissing on the beach.

Things turn surreal when the next day Sarah wakes up with a strong sense of déjà vu, soon realising that she is reliving the same day.

It soon transpires that Nyles has been reliving the same day for an eternity and has somehow dragged her into his living nightmare.

It’s no secret that the romantic comedy genre has suffered a setback recently with endless lazy remakes and stale narratives. Luckily for us, Palm Springs has managed to successful transcend the usual contrivances to create a truly exhilarating story.

Surprisingly, the film is able to tackle some pretty hefty existential issues, all the while offering up a genuinely heartening love story.

Samberg’s irresistible blend of acerbic charm and humour and Milioti’s girl next door likability go a long way towards making them one hugely watchable duo.

Overall, Barbakow and his co-writer Andy Siara have given us a funny, self-aware and beautifully layered comedy full of laugh out loud moments as well as thought provoking dilemmas.

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