Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021)
February 14, 2021 9:51 AM - Subscribe

Lifelong friends Barb and Star embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time - ever.

Vox: "Watching Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar was the closest I’ve come in a long time to feeling like I was on vacation. I chuckled, mostly, and giggled a little, and got to check out of life for a while without the feeling of leaving my brain at the door. A tiny break and a bit of an adventure and a bunch of clever jokes that border on the bizarre: That, to me, is a recipe for a good time."

AV Club: "a silly, delightful trip."
posted by dnash (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Living alone, I have been avoiding these first run online rentals that want $20, because that's more than a theater ticket for one would cost. (Though I suppose if you add in the popcorn and drink I certainly would've gotten along with it...) Anyway, this just felt like what my brain wanted to see last night so I went for it, and am VERY glad I did. Some of the heartiest laughs I've had in ages.

(I will also add that, if you partake of the devil's lettuce, it goes really well with this movie, IMO...)
posted by dnash at 9:59 AM on February 14 [4 favorites]

It's seriously stupid. I mean seriously, seriously, aggressively stupid… I loved it. Giggled the whole way through.
posted by Omon Ra at 4:25 PM on February 14

After days of being cooped up in subzero weather, we were grumping along this evening and on a whim the gent hit play. We were utterly enchanted by this bonkers Lisa Frank carnival ride. It was a breath of fresh air. 🌸🐬
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 9:15 PM on February 15

Goofy and silly. The atmosphere is more traditionally younger dudes, usually involving casual cannabis use, but the context change is appreciated and it works. It's not re-watchable good, but it was a nice diversion.

Morgan Freeman has a delightful bit part.
posted by porpoise at 9:59 PM on February 15

It was a perfectly serviceable adaptation of "The Brothers Grimsby".
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 5:58 AM on February 16

This was cute and funny! Jamie Dornan is great at comedy!
posted by ellieBOA at 11:10 AM on February 21

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