Comedians Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo became fast friends after meeting at The Groundlings, a Los Angeles-based improv comedy theater in the early 2000s.
In 2011, the duo earned an Academy Award nomination for their uproarious “Bridesmaids” screenplay. A full decade later, Wiig and Mumolo have brought us two of the most gloriously goofy characters ever to be unleashed on audiences.
They’ve now written, produced, and starred in “Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar,” which is directed by Josh Greenbaum (better known as an award-winning documentarian behind “Becoming Bond” and “The Short Game”).
Barb (Mumolo) and Star (Wiig) have best friends for their entire lives and pretty much spend every waking moment together. After the store they work in closes down, they decide to take their severance money and finally take a much-needed vacation.
After a nudge from their friend Mickey (the always hysterical McLendon-Covey), they leave their small town in Nebraska for the trip of a lifetime…to the eastern coast of Florida.
The plot, so much as one exists, is that there is an evil criminal mastermind (also played by Wiig) who plans to destroy Vista Del Mar with the help of her assistant Edgar (Jamie Dornan, “Fifty Shades Of Grey”).
Filled with candy-colored cocktails, an overabundance of culottes, and even some musical numbers, the absurdist comedy of Barb and Star isn’t for everybody. If you are a fan of the Austin Powers series or pretty much any Will Ferrell film (he’s a co-producer here), this is an easy recommendation.
This is the kind of film that you can watch over and over again until you realize you’re quoting all the dialogue and teaching yourself all the moves to Jamie Dornan’s hysterical dance routine from “Edgar’s Prayer.” Simply put, “Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar” is an instant cult classic.
“Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar” hit premium VOD back in February. It is now available to rent or purchase on Blu-ray and DVD, and from all digital providers.