Palm Springs   review by Bobby Blakey

There are more and more films going the route of streaming instead of the big screen for varying reasons that are really stepping up their game. Anytime the Lonely Island is involved you know you are in for something fun and original. The latest film Palm Springs is produced by the Lonely Island and stars Andy Samberg but sadly the other guys aren’t at the forefront. The film does have a great cast though including Cristin Milloti, J.K. Simmons, Peter Gallagher, Meredith Hagner, Camila Mendes, and Tyler Hoechlin, but does it bring the laughs or will it get lost in time?

Palm Springs follows Nyles who meets Sarah, the maid of honor and family black sheep while stuck at a wedding in Palm Springs. After he rescues her from a disastrous toast, Sarah becomes drawn to Nyles and his offbeat nihilism. But when their impromptu tryst is thwarted by a surreal interruption, Sarah must join Nyles in embracing the idea that nothing really matters, and they begin wreaking spirited havoc on the wedding celebration.

I knew nothing about this film going in other than Samberg being in it and I head it was a unique romantic comedy. Out of the gate it feels like a pretty generic through away comedy, but that all shifts pretty fast when things hit the fan. The direction this took was completely unexpected and a ton of fun. There are so many elements happening in the first 30 minutes that make that seem to convenient, but quickly make all sorts of sense. From there it takes a crazy turn and hits the ground running into fun and craziness.

Samberg is perfect for this kind of role bringing his dry and often crazy persona to the part. Surprisingly with everything going on here he is pretty tame most of the time and it works perfectly. He has great chemistry with Milloti that ranges from romantic to sometimes violent that makes the story all the more fun and compelling. They both are great here and the story does a perfect job at making sure all sides of this easily confusing story make sense. Anytime you are dealing with these kinds of elements its easy to lose important aspects but they handle it to perfection.

This is one of those fun unexpected films that is the reason for giving things a chance. I hope this film continues to get found as it is much deserved. Check out Palm Springs for yourself available now on Hulu.

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