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Opening with the adorable Reyn Doi’s Yoyo lip-syncing on a bicycle to Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb’s Guilty before events quickly take one outlandish turn, audiences are very quickly thrust into Barb and Star’s Go to Vista Del Mar’s unique tone.

The film, penned by Bridesmaids scribes Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, stars the two screenwriters as the single titular best friends Barb and Star.

When both are laid off from their jobs at a furniture store and expelled from their inane Talking Club of friends, Star suggests that the gleefully optimistic pair head on a dream holiday to Vista Del Mar, Florida.

Once the pair arrive, however, they find wacky adventures occur, mostly instigated by the lovelorn Edgar (Jamie Dornan), who is in the town on a villainous mission for the vengeful and maniacal ‘genius’ Sharon Gordon Fisherman (also played by Wiig).

Kristen Wig as Star and Annie Mumolo as Barb in Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.
(Image: Cate Cameron/Lionsgate)

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As romance blossoms among the players, outlandish schemes and desires come to light, and events soon build to one trippy climax that you aren't likely to forget for a while – for better or worse.

Despite not reaching the heights of Bridesmaids in terms of heart or laughs, Barb and Star does deliver numerous laughable gags and music numbers, and multiple instances where its sheer irreverence and zany antics offer much amusement.

Star and Barb head to Vista Del Mar on the holiday of a lifetime
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Jamie Dornan as the mysterious Edgar in Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.
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Not all of the jokes land, however, and the chaotic story and unique humour will grate on some audiences to the point where its sheer campiness and kitsch tone will turn some off.

However, if you can gel with its colourful weirdness then there’s fun to be had.

Wiig is bold and brash in both of her amusing characters, but is still her amusing best as the naive and easily pleased Star, perfectly complimented by Mumolo’s Barb – with their well-matched vocal tones especially. The pair’s winning chemistry is what the entire film rests on and it works for this reason.

Damon Wayans Jr. as the hopeless Darlie Bunkle in Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.
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Reyn Doi as the sweet but shady Yoyo in Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.
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Dornan is clearly out of his comfort zone here and it’s a welcome change for the Irish star who usually offers us brooding characters, but here he delivers a musical turn and wide-eyed silliness – even if the discomfort is somewhat visible.

Sadly, Damon Wayans Jr. doesn't get enough time to shine in his rather one-note role as an inept spy who acts as a brief accomplice for Dornan's Edgar.

Can Barb and Star save Vista Del Mar and their friendship?
(Image: Cate Cameron/Lionsgate)

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Ultimately, Barb and Star is a fun tonic to your lockdown blues if you can accept its silliness on its own terms, and it’s especially fun to enjoy Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s effortless chemistry.

Verdict

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is an utterly barmy, random, and cartoonish comedy that works especially well as a showcase for Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s talents, but really won’t be for everyone.

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is available now on digital and video on demand.

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