"Revolting Pagan Movie Promotes Nihilistic Hedonism"
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PALM SPRINGS has good chemistry between the two lead characters, but the movie isn’t funny at all. It also has an unsatisfying, hedonistic pagan worldview coupled with a nihilistic attitude that life being meaningless, so people should just do whatever they want to do with no consequences. The movie is also plagued by lots of foul language, sexual content, drug abuse, violence, and the two characters killing themselves willingly to start the day over again. There’s one nugget of morality, because the movie constantly relives the marriage of two people. Overall, however, PALM SPRINGS is an abhorrent, disgusting movie without redeeming value.
A Hulu original movie, PALM SPRINGS opens with an earthquake. The audience meets Nyles, who is accompanying his girlfriend, Misty, to her friend, Tala’s, wedding. While Misty gets ready for the big day, Nyles enjoys the day by himself before heading to the wedding.
Cut to the reception. Misty just finishes giving a speech and calls up the bride’s maid of honor and sister, Sarah, to give her speech. However, Nyles beats her to the mic and gives a heartfelt speech to the bride and groom. Afterwards, Nyles and Sarah meet on the dance floor and end up leaving together to get away from everyone.
They start to head back to Nyles and Misty’s room, when Nyles and Sarah catch Misty cheating on him. So, instead, they head out to the desert where they start to hook up. However, their rendezvous is cut short when a man named Roy starts shooting arrows at Nyles trying to kill him. Sarah is incredibly confused and worried about why Roy is trying to murder Nyles. As Nyles crawls toward a cave that looks like it has magical powers, he tells Sarah not to follow him, and he disappears into a portal.
Nyles wakes up at the beginning of the previous day and the audience learns he’s in a time loop. As he begins to enjoy the day all over again, Sarah comes looking for him furious and wondering why the day is happening all over again. Nyles informs her about the infinite time loop and how there’s no way out of it. At first, Sarah is upset. However, she slowly starts to relent, and Nyles and Sarah wreak havoc on the wedding over and over again until finally Sarah decides she can’t do it anymore. Sarah leaves Nyles to find a way to get them out of the time loop, while Nyles continues to do whatever he wants.
Sarah finally comes back to Nyles and tells him she found a way out. Will Nyles leave with Sarah or will he stay in the time loop forever?
PALM SPRINGS misses every mark plus more. The acting and chemistry between the two leads is good, but sadly, the movie isn’t funny at all. It has all the right nuts and bolts to be a comical movie about living the same day over and over again. However, it instead focuses on Nyles and Sarah doing everything they can to ruin the special day of someone else while having fun doing whatever they want.
PALM SPRINGS has a strong pagan worldview promoting a hedonistic, anything goes lifestyle. The filmmakers couple this with an existential, nihilistic attitude saying life is meaningless, so people should just do whatever we want with no consequences. PALM SPRINGS is also plagued by lots of foul language, sexual content, violence, and the two characters killing themselves willingly to start the day over again. There is one nugget of morality because the movie constantly relives the marriage of two people. Overall, however, PALM SPRINGS is an abhorrent, disgusting movie with no redeeming value.