From a weird villain to unexpected musical numbers, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is terrifyingly bad, but with occasional hints of humor.
It’s been a while since there’s been a comedy funny enough to get a laugh. Maybe it’s because we’ve spent the last year living through a pandemic and an increasingly stressful political climate, but there’s something so genuinely ridiculous and silly about Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar that one cannot help but laugh at the charade of all this. The film, directed by Josh Greenbaum, from a script by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, is boldly daring in a way that befits its unbridled insanity. From a strange villain to unexpected musical numbers, Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar it’s egregiously bad, but with occasional hints of humor.
Barb (Mumolo) and Star (Wiig) are two middle-aged women who have been best friends for years and pretty much do everything together. Joined at the hip, the couple even have the same job as the sales associates at Jennifer Convertibles and spend their working hours chatting about anything and everything. They are even part of the Talking Club (not to be confused with Book Club) and spend even Plus hours chatting with friends on selected topics. However, when the company closes, Barb and Star decide to try something different, face their fear of change, and head to Vista Del Mar for a relaxing vacation that sends them on the wildest and most unexpected adventure of their lives.
The first few hours of their vacation aren’t quite what they expected them to be, but that quickly changes when they meet Edgar (Jamie Dornan), the movie’s assistant villain (yes, there is a villain for some reason and she is also played by Wiig). Edgar is sent to Vista Del Mar to execute the final stage of the dire plot, but is too frustrated by the antagonist’s lack of affection to focus. Unrequited love, friendship, hotel staff breaking into song, and botched espionage are at the core of this comedy, which often feels like an awkward dream sequence too long than a real movie.
Like Barb and Star, who are confident in who they are and their obvious eccentricities, the film follows in their characters’ footsteps, boldly embracing their random moments, chaotic plot, and some outlandish dialogue. The production design includes a lot of overly bright pastel colors and hilariously hilarious accent pieces. Barb and Star’s fashion sense and hairstyles are a reflection of the 1980s, although the movie is obviously set today (cell phones are always a gift). The movie is certainly free-spirited, free of obstacles. It also makes such good use of its surroundings that it makes one suddenly want to go on vacation – a terrible feeling considering the ongoing pandemic.
Everything said Barb and star’s schtick wears out pretty quickly, dragging his plot and arcades for much longer than necessary before reaching his end. Barb and Star, whose friendship is incredibly strong, fixate on Edgar, who is somewhat caught in the middle of things. It is the main source of conflict between the couple and is extremely irritating because the movie could have done it without her. While Wiig and Mumolo are obviously the heart of the story, Dornan struggles to keep up with his comedic beat. They often speak at a mile-a-minute rate without missing a beat and he, save for one song he can’t help but laugh, could have leaned more toward fun.
Choosing to include an artificial villain story about an abandoned woman, referred to in the subtitles as “Dr. Lady ”- wanting to wreak havoc in a city of excessively happy tourists is a strange thing. The less time you spend with her, the better. Yet through it all, the movie has some truly hilarious moments. If nothing less, one can laugh at the absurdity of it all. However, it’s easier to digest when you think of it more as a parody, which eases the reins a bit by having to take this movie at face value. In that vein Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar It’s completely ridiculous, but embrace that fact with all your heart. Seriously, there will be a lot of movies this year and none of them are likely to be as available as this film so blatantly.
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Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar is available to order on February 12, 2021. The film is 106 minutes long and is rated PG-13 for raw sexual content, drug use, and strong language.
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- Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar (2021)Release date: February 12, 2021
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