Palm springs, the comedy written by Andy Siara, directed by AFI graduate Max Barbakow in his first feature film and starring a cast including Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, made history a year ago when she broke all sales records at the Sundance Film Festival. It was instantly picked up in a bidding war jointly won by Neon and Hulu and has garnered critical acclaim ever since. It’s a time-loop comedy in which Nyles, played by Samberg, and Sarah, played by Milioti, are forced to relive the same wedding they are invited to over and over again.
Samberg, joining me for a conversation about the film with Milioti and producer Becky Sloviter at Deadline’s Contenders Film awards season event, said the tone was just similar enough to his exit from Lonely Island, but just different enough to turn him on. There were obvious comparisons to others in the time loop genre like groundhog day and The edge of tomorrow, “But just as we were about to do it, five more time-looped movies came out and we almost gave it up. He has his own way and thank God we respected him, ”he says.
Milioti loved her role which required a wide range of emotions. “I was drooling over anything she can take. It’s so rare to go through so many genres, ”she says. “The comedy is about someone trying to get over their pain and this movie is it.”
As for the stylized piece of choreography that Samberg performs at the wedding reception, it really shows how light it is. “I watched a lot of Sing in the rainHe said smiling.
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