A cycle of repetition hopes to be broken in what some may feel is a riff on Groundhog Day where Bill Murray delighted audiences as cynical television weatherman Phil Connors.
Now, a generation later, Palm Springs appears in inspired fashion that can boast much in its favor too when it comes to romantic comedy. A mischievous quality is well played at the expense of a moral certitude evident in the adored Harold Ramis film.
Latching on with a protagonist has its upside in a wrinkle to a premise which the late co-writer mined. Here, writer Andy Siara and helmsman Max Birbakow allow leads Andy Samberg and Cristin Miloti to have fun when it comes to ignoring ramifications of one’s actions.
Samberg’s Nyles is a boyfriend of a bridesmaid at the eponymous destination nuptials who meets Milioti’s sister of the bride Sarah. She’s pulled into what he’s been going through for some time which means awakening to that exact day of trying the knot.
Seeing how things work within this temporal state for someone prone to an adult beverage gives the onlooker more to like as Samberg has his best role to date in a fanciful turn. Miloti may surprise many too for those unaware of her small-screen work on How I Met Your Mother.