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Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar centers on best friends Barb (Annie Mumolo) and Star (Kristen Wiig) as they vacation in a beach town that is plotted to be destroyed by an evil villain (also played by Kristen Wiig).

This whole movie is outrageous, but in a good way. I was often thinking, “wait what is happening right now”? But it’s fun to just go along with this silly plot. The story of Barb and Star may not work for a lot of people as it’s very much out there, but Wiig and Mumolo have such strong chemistry together that the plot didn’t really matter to me.

Barb and Star are both middle-aged, single women who do everything together. Their vacation does lead to a rift between them as both ladies are interested in Edgar (Jaime Dornan). Edgar is helplessly in love with the villain of the film and is in Vista Del Mar to carry out her schemes. However, Edgar often feels dejected by his lady love and finds himself falling for Star. Edgar and Star often sneak out together and Barb is out having fun without her friend.

Jaime Dornan is the definite standout of the film. He is so charming and funny in this film, I was really surprised by him. I’m glad he was able to separate himself from the Fifty Shades of Gray franchise and showcase his comedic chops. There’s a musical sequence of the film where he is singing and dancing on the beach that is probably my favorite part of the film. I have seen about 10 times.

I also enjoyed Damon Wayans Jr. in his small role, he is another henchmen for the villain, but often keep compromising himself. I will say that outlandish villain played by Wiig does not always work, that was the least interesting part of the film to me as it took away from the beach shenanigans. But her role so bizarre that I cannot help but be impressed by this film’s audacity.

Overall, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar will deliver on the laughs. There’s so many silly things that happen, so you are consistently giggling and smiling, and Jaime Dornan is utilized brilliantly. It’s a unique film for sure, but it may be too weird for some viewers. Wiig and Mulomo have made another standout comedy together after their mega-hit Bridesmaids. I can’t wait to see what more we get from them since Barb and Star have become iconic characters in my book.

I give Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar a B+

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