Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo tickle you as two goofs on a vacation.
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo have both helped bring chick flicks to new heights in “Bridesmaids,” and now for the first time in about a decade, they have a new movie out, titled “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.” It’s also the latest in a series of films to be released online, due to you know what. I know it’s a stupid movie, but it’s also very funny and spontaneous at the same time. It’s the right kind of stupid, when you see silly antics or images, and you either laugh or smile later on when you’re reminded of that specific moment.
Trust me, it’s miles better than “Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach.”
Barb (Mumolo) and Star (Wiig) are both Midwestern gals, who both lose their jobs and “Talking Club” memberships. They’re not going nowhere, until their old friend (Wendi McLendon-Covey) convince them to go to a resort in Vista Del Mar, Florida. They’ve also haven’t been on vacation before, but they decide to go in order to get their grooves back on. They both manage to land at a nice resort, where they hit it off with the charming Edgar Paget (Jamie Dornan).
They’re both unaware that he works for the sinister Dr. Lady (also played by Wiig), who looks like Dr. Evil’s pale, fraternal twin sister, and sends Paget to Vista Del Mar to unleash her evil handiwork: an army of deadly mosquitoes. She also has an Asian kid henchman named Yoyo (Reyn Doi), which makes her segments seem sillier.
I could do with Vanessa Bayer as the obnoxious and bossy “Talking Club” host and some awkward moments, and the two lead characters do talk a lot, but Wiig and Mumolo also write and play the characters with silly and good-natured intentions. Dornan was awful in “Fifty Shades of Grey,” because he talked like some kind of autistic robot, which made him look like a joke. But he’s funny in this movie, when acts all swift. Damon Wayans, Jr. is also goofy fun when he plays a mysterious man, who keeps giving his name and cell phone and ends with a “damnit.” And it is fun to see Andy Garcia and Reba McEntire in cameo appearances.
The sets are colorful marvels-mostly sets in blue, yellow, and orange-and it’s photographed with lots of lights by cinematographer Toby Oliver (“Get Out,” “Happy Death Day”). You also get some funny and flexible musical numbers, which match the colors very well. And even at a PG-13 rating, there’s a hallucination scene that requires a big blue drink and some drugs hidden in the sunken treasure chest.
“Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar” does not exceed “Bridesmaids,” but it does allow Wiig and Mumolo to goof around with silly Midwestern Irish accents, silly effects, and random one-liners. This is a vacation you’ll definitely want to take if you’re into this kind of humor. It was directed by Josh Greenbaum (“Too Funny To Fail”), and also produced by these two actresses, as well as Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and Jessica Elbaum, so this makes absolute sense.