Parents' Guide to

Palm Springs

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Couple is stuck in a time loop; sex, drugs, language.

Movie R 2020 90 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 10+
Extremely funny pretty rude though

This title has:

Too much sex
age 18+

Fun except for

Poor taste. Just about ruined the movie. Got too dark for what it is. Scenes thrown in for what seems like shock value, such as different sexual escapades and openly talking about casual sex with just about every character as blandly as one would describe brushing teeth. Also thought it was in extreme poor taste to involve a confrontation with a police officer at all and on two separate times it is mentioned “nothing worse than dying slowly in an ICU”. Why go there? I’m not saying the movie shouldn’t be serious at times, there are certainly heavy themes that go along with the plot, and make you think, but again why take it to such extremes? It would of been more balanced with more fun and light heartedness, where the characters kind of let go, such as how they went dancing into a bar in full musical mode and “played” with the day. That was all vastly unexplored territory that could of made this movie much more appealing and not so over the top with its self indulgence and almost nihilistic tones. In other words a solid 3 stars but they took it too far. 18 and over. Definitely

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (9):

Much about this movie is engaging, especially performances by Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti. Off to a galloping start, Palm Springs slows down, exposing the screenwriter's failure to think through the premise. Without internally consistent alternate universe rules (well established in the far better films Groundhog Day, Being John Malkovich, and Men in Black), the audience flounders, distracted from the movie's odd philosophical point, that life does have meaning. Why does Nyles perform daredevil acts knowing the instant he dies he will wake up again to live the day over, then suddenly worry about being stopped by armed police? Nyles recklessly mocks people, disregards consequences then, for no apparent reason, lectures Sarah that hurting other people matters. Why? A violent man darkly denounces marriage as "a bottomless pit of sorrow," then sunnily boasts how wonderful his exact same married life is. Having escaped from the loop, a man remembers one person, but doesn't recognize another he knows well. What is the rule, you remember everyone, or you forget everyone?

Each inconsistency further fractures our confidence in this fictional world, leaving us wondering does gravity always make you fall down, or can you fall up? If we can't rely on the movie's own rules to help us anticipate dramatic twists, it's impossible to stay invested in the movie's premise, that love will find a way. Still, this is an imaginative and interesting romcom that's ultimately saved by lovable actors.

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