• Josh Aboody

Nutshell Review: Palm Springs

PG Score: 7.5/10

Palm Springs on Hulu was really good. It starts off seeming like it's going to be just another raunchy comedy (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) but quickly adds a whacky, sci-fi, time loop element to the mix. It still sprinkles in the chuckles throughout, but this added piece makes for a whole lot sweeter of a pie. The Groundhog Day aspect works really well here and director Max Barbakow manages to make this thing not only work, but feel unique and not repetitive for the duration of the flick.

Leads Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti are at the top of their games in Palm Springs, both in individual comedic delivery and joint chemistry. Samberg's genuinely funny shtick plays well of Milioti's straight/dry, deadpan delivery. The romantic aspect is also surprisingly "uncheesy" and just flat out works. I wish the film did have a few more laughs and it's worth noting that this is not one of those gut-busting comedies, but rather one where you're chuckling throughout. The story, sci-fi element, consistent (yet not constant) chuckles, chemistry between the two leads, all make for a unique path down a familiar trail, so to speak. Palm Springs doesn't reinvent the wheel but does enough differently to not be labeled a retread. I definitely recommend checking this one out.

PG Score: 7.5/10

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