Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
Bridesmaids co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo team up once again to write and star in this new comedy.
Kristen Wiig and her Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo lead a movie together for the first time in Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.
Barb and Star (Mumolo and Wiig, respectively) are lifelong friends who live together, work together, and basically don't do anything without the other person.
After they come to a crossroads in their lives, they decide they need to spice things up so they leave their small town for the first time ever to go on holiday in Vista Del Mar in Florida.
While there, they befriend and fall under the spell of Edgar (Jamie Dornan) without realising he is there to carry out a villainous plot - to kill everyone in Vista Del Mar on behalf of his boss (also Wiig) to get revenge on the people who laughed at her and fired her out of a cannon when she was a child (yes, really).
Those who are expecting Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar to be as good, funny or well-written as Bridesmaids will come away sorely disappointed as it doesn't even come close.
Barb and Star feel like characters that might be created for a short sketch on Saturday Night Live but they can't sustain a feature. The accents Wiig and Mumolo put on are funny at first but soon wear thin and become quite irritating.
The most redeeming and appealing cast member is Dornan, which says a lot since he's quite ridiculous as well. The Edgar scenes were entertaining by virtue of the fact we're watching Dornan perform in a way we've never seen him before.
He hasn't been given the opportunity to do comedy much and he throws himself fully into it and it's an absolute joy watching him singing and prancing about on a beach during his number Edgar's Prayer, which is going to go viral on social media, without a doubt. The number is completely unnecessary and bizarre as hell but it's the film's most memorable scene.
All this talk of singing and dancing may make you think this is a musical but it isn't! Outside of lounge singer Richard Cheese (Mark Jonathan Davis) singing about "boobies" at the piano of the hotel, there is only one other number, an ensemble piece called Palm Vista. They come out of nowhere.
The randomness doesn't stop there either, as we also get a crab that talks like Morgan Freeman (but it's not actually him) and a cameo by Reba McEntire as a water spirit called Trish (yes, really).
All this might make it seem like Barb and Star is great fun but it's not.
So many jokes don't work - you can't help but cringe at some of them - and there are so few laugh-out-loud moments, even though Wiig and Mumolo are clearly trying very hard.
You can't really criticise the actors for their performances in an oddity like this because they're short-changed by the weak screenplay, heightened unrealistic characters, and a very thin story which was easily solved.
It's a shame that Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is such a step down from the heights of Bridesmaids.
It has some entertaining moments, in a "What the heck is going on?" type of way, and some people might appreciate how bonkers it is, but this isn't the top-notch comedy we were hoping for.
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