- By AC Remler
- Photo Courtesy of HULU
“Palm Springs,” Hulu’s latest hit film by first-time feature director Max Barbakow, takes the familiar “Groundhog Day” trope to new, thought-provoking levels. Caught in a time loop, Nyles (Andy Samberg) wakes up every day with his girlfriend Misty at a Palm Springs wedding ready to take on the day, again and again and again. He has stumbled into a mystical cave that propelled him into a timeless existence. During the various time loops, Nyles acts in different, often disruptive ways knowing that he’ll wake up the next day and none of it will mean anything. He meets Sarah (Cristin Milioti), the fractious self-loathing sister of the bride, who unwittingly enters the loop with Nyles. The film follows Sarah’s madcap efforts to escape — all of which Nyles has already tried to no avail. In the process, the two characters explore the implications of a life of never-endingness.
Though the film was made far before COVID-19 was introduced into our lives, “Palm Springs” prophetically explores the now all-too-familiar themes of feeling isolated and unable to move forward. Sure, it’s also a love story, and very funny in a dark sort of way, but the 90-minute film, produced by The Lonely Island trio of Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone, also allows you to reflect upon what in life really matters.
“Palm Springs” is streaming on Hulu.