Barb and Star Go to Vista del Mar – a merged comedy of friendship

Well timed to greet Donald Trump’s residence in Mar-a-Lago comes a postcard of a fictional resort along the Florida coast: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, added a comedy of friendship and seafood. The film is the brainchild of stars Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, co-writer of the celebrated Bridesmaids.

That collaboration earned them an Oscar nomination. You suspect that the thought of someone else may not have kept them here much, a portrait of two well-groomed forty-something retail assistants whose fantasies go beyond the routine of a small town. “I dreamed I was making love to a man on a Pringle can,” Wiig offers, a remark that will stop most conversations. However, with Barba and Zvijezda the chat continues regardless. (“What taste?”) And when the duo lose their jobs, the crisis is also hailed as a chance to see the focus of the title.

If the film has a message – definitely yes – it could be that these “glamorous midlifers” should one day afford Bill, Ted, Wayne, Garth and untold other younger, male friendly couples, filling the movies with things from their private worlds. Some jokes are to blame. Others are unconvincing. Support is offered by the game Jamie Dornan, drawing musical numbers from a palm tree.

★★★ ☆☆

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