Andy Samberg’s ‘Palm Springs’ Is the Modern-Day ‘Groundhog Day’


Palm Springs has been out in the US for a few months now and Aussie fans of Andy Samberg (Brooklyn 99) have been eagerly waiting for a local release.

As with all cult films of late, the movie — a modern-day Groundhog Day (remember that epic Bill Murray movie?) — will be released on Amazon Prime on November 20.

A fresh take on the romantic comedy genre, Palm Springs follows carefree Nyles (Samberg) and reluctant maid of honour Sarah (Cristin Milioti) who have a chance encounter at a Palm Springs wedding.

Things soon get complicated when the pair find themselves unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other.

Also starring J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Meredith Hagner (Search Party) Camila Mendes (Riverdale), Tyler Hoechlin (Road to Perdition), and Peter Gallagher (The OC), the film is captivating, fun and unexpected.

In an interview with Screenrant, Samberg said the film’s storyline is reminiscent of lockdown during the global pandemic.

“It’s this theme of being trapped with yourself,” he said. “I think quarantine is certainly giving that experience to all of. People are trapped in the relationship they’re in, and having to examine that and decide if they’re happy or unhappy. And if they’re alone, they’re having to face that, and deal with what that feels like and what it means. And it can be terrifying, certainly.”

Palm Springs sold at Sundance for the highest ever total of $17.5 million and 69 cents, edging out Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation in 2016 which sold for $17.5 million.

Catch Palm Springs on Amazon Prime from November 20.

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