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Where to Watch Palm Springs Movie :
If looking for something for a good rom-com to catch this weekend, then Palm Springs Movie is a perfect candidate. Unfortunately, the movie is only available on Hulu. But if you sign up for their free trial, you can watch it right now.
But why should you watch Palm springs? Read the review (Mild Spoilers Ahead).
While at a wedding in Palm Springs, Nyles (Andy Samberg) meets Sarah (Cristin Milioti – From How I Met Your Mother), the Maid of Honor, and family black sheep. However, the pair soon realize that they’re stuck in a time loop, and over time they develop a budding romance while reliving the same day.
Time loops are one of my favorite science fiction concepts from films and Tv. And while most of them follow the same rules, each one ends in its own way.
However, what makes Palm Springs so appealing, is show its main characters use the time loop as an excuse to run from their problems in the real world.
When we first meet Nyles, it’s obvious that he has lived through this wedding at least a thousand times.
He has mastered everyone’s position on the dance floor, and he knows that his girlfriend is cheating on him. And when it’s time for Sarah to give her Maid of Honor speech, Nyles arrives just in time to save her from embarrassing herself.
However, when Nyles and Sarah are about to get intimate, Nyles gets an arrow through his shoulder. And that’s when we meet Roy, by JK Simmons (I know, I know, I know).
Turns out back in the earlier days of the time loop, Nyles partied with Roy. And after a night of alcohol and cocaine, Nyles showed Roy the mystical cave behind the time loop. And just like that, Roy got stuck reliving the same day with Nyles.
However, since neither Nyles nor Roy can die because of the time loop, Roy spends most of his time hunting and killing Nyles as revenge.
But I Digress
After Roy shoots Nyles, Nyles crawls into the mystical cave to restart the loop. But Sarah follows Nyles without his knowledge and she wakes up to find that she’s reliving the same day again.
Thanks to an aggressive conversation with Nyles, Sarah finds out that neither sleep, death, nor the portal in the cave will free them from the loop. As each time they try, the entire day resets to wherever they woke up on the morning of the wedding.
And so, after exhausting most options, Sarah embraces the futility of life and parties with Nyles. However, it’s not long before Sarah’s guilt, and conscience finally catches up.
Fed up, Sarah reads up on quantum physics and comes up with a plan to escape the loop. Sarah tests this plan out on a goat, and we find out the goat is no longer in the loop, showing that the plan worked.
However, Nyles refuses to leave because the time loop was an escape from his shitty life.
While we never see Nyles’ life before the loop, it’s very clear that he wasn’t happy. The only person we know Nyles ever cared about was his girlfriend, Misty. But not only is she cheating on him, but we also find out that she never loved him. And so Nyles from perspective, remaining in a world without consequences, is better than returning to his normal life.
However, because this is a romantic comedy, Nyles eventually realizes he loves Sarah, and the pair try out her plan and escape the loop to the next day.
When we next see the couple, it’s November 10th, showing that Sarah’s plan worked. Free from the endless time loop, both Nyles and Sarah are now free to help each other live better lives. And hopefully become better people.
Palm Springs is a Hilarious Rom-com that shows how hiding from our problems is never the solution. Cristin Milioti, Andy Samberg, and JK Simmons were terrific. And I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.
P.S if you’re looking for more to watch this month, please feel free to check out our July Tv and Movie Guide.