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BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR Review

The new Kristen Wiig movie is the funniest, best vibe comedy in years. Don't miss this hidden gem.

On this episode of Cinema Death Cult I talk about the terrific 2021 comedy Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar, written by and starring Kristin Wiig and Annie Mumolo, the writers of Bridesmaids. 

I don't want to give any details away about Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar. This movie took me completely by surprise and I want to give it a chance to surprise you, too. So no details aside from saying the trailer does it a slight disservice. 

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The trailer does an OK misdirection riff on the Netflix show Stranger Things but does a poor job of representing how great this movie really is. From the trailer, I expected a mediocre comedy with awkward characters acting out some thin premise padded by direction-less improvisational riffing and awkward, cringe-inducing set pieces. But the movie threw curveball after curveball at me. It’s an absurd masterpiece. I've watched it three times with three different people.

Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar is the best comedy I’ve seen in a long time. But I think it’s getting ignored. I think the trailer is to blame. The trailer withholds a lot of the tone, plot and characters from the movie which is great because it lets the actual movie sneak up on you. But it undersells how good the movie is. In a world of streaming content with a billion other options it makes this diamond in the rough comedic triumph easy to skip. 

I want to hype it up. But at the same time I don’t want to say too much about it because almost from the start it does things I didn’t expect. There are things that happen in the first five minutes I don't want to spoil. 

So instead, some notes: If the actor Jamie Dornan is reading this, I’m sorry I misstated your name as Jamie Dorner. But I call you “the handsome fella” several times and appreciated your performance, so your feelings shouldn’t be too hurt. Also, I’m sorry I forgot which actress played Star and which played Barb and resorted to saying Annie Mumolo’s name over and over. If Annie Mumolo is reading this, great work! You seem like a terrific lady.