‘Groundhog Day’ gets a rom-com twist in Lonely Island’s ‘Palm Springs’

'Groundhog Day' gets a rom-com twist in Lonely Island's 'Palm Springs'

How do you tell a love story, a truly tender one, about two people whose biggest commonality is a commitment to not giving a shit?

If you’re Palm Springs writer Andy Siara and director Max Barbakow, you embrace that sense of nihilism, rather than run from it. You plop your lol-nothing-matters characters into a situation where nothing truly does matter, and have them drill down to figure out if and how love might be the exception.

The film opens in the California desert, on the day of a wedding for two extremely pretty, slightly annoying people. Nyles (Andy Samberg) is a plus-one who sticks out like a sore thumb, with his swim trunks and morose attitude; Sarah (Cristin Milioti) is a maid of honor that everyone knows “fucks around and drinks too much,” as she herself puts it. Read more…

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