“When carefree Nyles and reluctant maid of honor Sarah have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding, things get complicated as they are unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.”-IMDB
Okay, so I know I’m a little late to the party on this one. I’ve been meaning to watch this since mid-Summer, but in 2020, time means nothing. 😉
I also have to say that when I started this blog I decided that I didn’t want to know anything about the movies I was going into. I don’t read reviews beforehand because I don’t want them to affect my opinion and I don’t read synopses because even they can affect my interest in a film. So, I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into with Palm Springs. All I had to go off of was Andy Samberg and a rom-com set at a wedding, so I had a preconceived notion of what the movie might be. But, wow, was I wrong. And going into this movie with no idea what was ahead of me ultimately made for the perfect movie-watching experience. Let me clarify…
That said, if you’re late to the party, like me, and don’t already know the plot of Palm Springs, I don’t want to give it away here, so I’ll keep this post shorter than usual. What I will say is that it is unexpected. Unexpected in the BEST way. It’s fun, it’s adventurous, it’s sweet, it’s engaging, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. As a fan of Andy Samberg since his first days at SNL, I feel (and I know this is nerdy and ridiculous) so proud of how far he’s come. He’s outstanding in this movie, he’s surprisingly charming and sexy and has amazing chemistry with his costar Cristin Milioti, while still being his make-you-pee-your-pants hilarious self.
This is one of those movies that I know I will continue to watch probably once a month for years to come because it strikes the right balance with everything. It doesn’t depress you, but it’s much deeper than your run-of-the-mill rom-com. It makes you laugh, but isn’t immature. It’s just an overall pleasure to watch and, although I’m late to the party, this is definitely a case of better late than never!
Rating: 9 out of 10 Claire Bears
If you like this movie, you should also see: Groundhog Day, Naked, When We First Met
With: Andy Samberg, Cristin Milioti, JK Simmons, Peter Gallagher
Directed By: Max Barbakow