“It is one of those infinite time loop things.” This familiar premise (“It’s Groundhog Day!”) is unapologetically used for Palm Springs. Nyles (Andy Samberg) is eternally stuck at a wedding in the desert resort city in California. He entered this time loop by walking into a cave that was opened by an earthquake. The major difference with the Bill Murray classic is that Niles can draw others into his comical hell. He did so with Roy (J.K. Simmons) during a drug trip and it pissed Roy off so much that he occasionally comes to Palm Springs to torture and kill Nyles (after which off course Nyles wakes up in his hotel room again with his cheating girlfriend). Things start to change when he meets Sarah (Cristin Milioti), the maid of honor and sister of the bride, and she accidently gets stuck inside the loop as well. After spending a slice of eternity together, she wants out, but is there a way? Spoiler: Improving your karma like in Groundhog Day won’t work. Despite the lack of originality, the time loop gimmick is used to maximum effect in Palm Springs and the result is genuinely enjoyable.
Palm Springs is now available on Amazon Prime
The verdict: to stream or not to stream? To stream more than once