Palm Springs Review

By: Amanda Guarragi 

Palm Springs had its world premiere at Sundance earlier this year and it instantly created buzz in the film community. It is directed by Max Barbakow, written by Andy Siara and it is a Lonely Island Classic picture. The film brings together two characters, Nyles (Andy Samberg) and Sarah (Cristin Milioti) who have questioned their own existence and the decisions they have made. When they meet at Sarah’s sister, Tala’s (Camila Mendes) wedding, the night takes them on an interesting journey, which leads them to a cave and changes everything.

The film is unique to the time loop subgenre that has developed over the years. It has a refreshing structure and the editing is a huge part of it. The reason why this film is different to the genre is because there are more people involved in the time loop storyline. As we have seen in the past, majority of the time, it is only one character processing the idea of reliving the same day, over and over again. In this comedy, it has Nyles informing Sarah, how to approach the time loop in very humorous ways. There is a nice surprise with the addition of Roy (J.K. Simmons) to add an origin story for Nyles and his time loop journey.

It has a nice mixture of comedic moments and realistic discussions about life, which I really appreciated. The perception of loneliness, is always something that should be explored and how life can sometimes seem meaningless, if you do not have someone to share it with. That is why placing the central event, as a wedding day, in this film was extremely beneficial because of the weight it holds on everyone’s lives. It is very well crafted because they address so many different ideas of love and relationships.

Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti had excellent chemistry and solid comedic timing. They bounced off of each other extremely well and you could feel the freedom they had with these roles. The pacing was really strong because of how the story builds. Instead of just reliving the same day, in the same location, Barbakow and Siara explored different moments in the day and had them react differently to new information. The way they slowly revealed different aspects of their lives, was really well done and continuously surprised me.

Palm Springs adds so much depth to the time loop subgenre and it is a wonderful edition to The Lonely Island production library. It is probably one of the most charming films I have seen in a while and it will capture your heart. It is also constructed to always keep you on your toes because even though you are stuck in a time loop, life still comes at you fast and you have to adapt to every situation in the best way you can.

Good Boys Review

On the 12 year anniversary of Superbad, we have a brand new trio conveying the trials and tribulations of 13 year olds in the best way possible. I’ve even noticed that the 6th graders of today are dealing with 16 year old problems and this is where “Good Boys” comes in handy.

Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stunitsky penned the most innocent restricted film for 13 year olds I’ve ever seen. The beauty of this script, is that the adult humour is masked by the innocence of the Bean Bag Boys. Phrases that we hear everyday were not used properly and it made it humorous! It was such a simple three part story and I even learned that sometimes you grow out of people and that’s okay.

Brady Noon, Keith L. Williams and Jacob Tremblay played unconventional 13 year olds with something to prove. It was hard watching them all curse and do some very questionable things, especially golden boy Tremblay, I feel like he’s everyone’s son and he’s growing up right before our eyes!

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg continue to bring fresh comedies to the forefront and we are so blessed that they’ve been making hit after hit at the box office, proving that original comedies can make money for big distributors like Universal! Support this film and support the Bean Bag Boys!