'Palm Springs': Fans love 'Groundhog Day' homage, gush over Cristin Milioti and call the film a masterpiece
'Andy Samberg and Christin Milioti, both of them share extraordinary chemistry in this must-see live die and repeat film'
Spoilers for ‘Palm Springs’
Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti’s science-fiction rom-com ‘Palm Springs’ seems to have won hearts across the board. It’s a story about, in the words of Samberg’s Nyles, “one of those infinite time loop situations you might have heard about”. The film is in many ways a homage to both the 1993 Bill Murray film ‘Groundhog Day’, and the 2019 Netflix series ‘Russian Doll’.
And fans of the film obviously see and appreciate that. A fan wrote on Twitter, “I'm a huge fan of Groundhog Day, and I love time loop films, and here comes the latest addition to the list. Andy Samberg and Christin Milioti, both of them share extraordinary chemistry in this must-see live die and repeat film.”
Another fan wrote, “#PalmSprings is a unique take on your ‘classic’ rom-com, and that’s why it is my FAVORITE movie of 2020.”
“Super charmed by the excellent PALM SPRINGS, inventive spin on a Groundhog romcom by debut director Max Barbakow & writer Andy Siara,” wrote a fan. “Andy Samberg & the much underrated Cristin Milioti are both great.”
In the film, Nyles is already caught in the time loop when a series of unfortunate events lead to Milioti’s Sarah to get stuck there as well. After that, the film takes us through Sarah’s journey of understanding her way around the loop, and Nyles’ journey of falling in love with her. It’s a nuanced, emotive, and sensitive story that mixes existential angst with other human emotions like regret, love, and hurt.
A fan wrote about the film in that regard, “Not sure anything could’ve prepared me for how genuinely beautiful and intelligent Palm Springs is. It’s on Hulu today and I highly recommend everyone check it out.” Another fan wrote, “I'm literally crying about how Nyles cared about Sarah. This is one of the best love stories I've ever seen in any movie.”
Many expected the film to be frivolous. After all, the film is produced by, among others, Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, who form the comedy trio called The Lonely Island. A fan wrote, “Palm Springs — I was wary because I thought it might be chocked full of Lonely Island f***ery. Actually pretty cute! Andy Samberg is stuck in a Groundhog Day time loop, blah blah blah you know this story. Only in this version, the girl gets stuck in the loop too. And there are dinosaurs.”
Yes. There are dinosaurs. But that’s really because both Nyles and Sarah were high on LSD.
While all fans crushed over Andy Samberg, Milioti too found a lot of love. After all, in many ways, it was more Milioti’s movie than Samberg’s. Many shared fancams of her scenes. Others shared still of her from the film. A clearly smitten fan wrote, “It’s official #PalmSprings is a masterpiece. My favorite movie this year by a mile. Why isn’t Cristin Milioti in everything??” Another wrote, “Palm Springs on Hulu is so so so good. I knew Cristin Milioti had potential from HIMYM but why isn’t this woman in more movies?!”
‘Palm Springs’ is available for viewing on Hulu.