Movie Reviews

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021)

barb-star-vista-del-mar-movie-poster-reviewDirector: Josh Greenbaum

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 107 Minutes

Main Cast: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Jamie Dornan, Damon Wayans Jr., Vanessa Bayer, Fortune Feimster, Phyllis Smith, Reyn Doi, Andy Garcia

Plot: Barb (Annie Mumolo) and Star (Kristen Wiig) have been best friends as long as they can remember. When they both lose their jobs at the local furniture store, they decide to go on vacation for the very first time to Vista Del Mar in Florida where they get caught up in an evil villain’s plot to kill everyone in town.

My Thoughts: I should have had faith in Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, writers of Bridesmaids (2011) and now Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar. But the original trailer gave nothing away and just seemed a bit odd. I was’t wrong, it’s VERY odd. But in the best way possible. This movie is like Bridesmaids meets The Muppets meets Austin Powers and through all the craziness it just…works. Wiig and Mumolo are perfect together, and if you thought Jamie Dornan was on a bit of a losing streak then look no further. He’s an absolute show stealer here and can someone tell me where I can get one of those fish shirts for my husband?

Seriously, I hope Dornan lands another comedy after this. He randomly bursts into song several times, singing to the camera, singing his prayers to seagulls and I haven’t laughed so much in a long time. The movie is slow at first and my attention drifted until Barb and Star actually got to Vista Del Mar, albeit at the wrong hotel. From that moment on I was hooked.

This is the kind of movie that really splits an audience. I just know if I could have seen this in a cinema, when the credits roll half the room will be skipping out with a smile on their face and the others will be muttering ‘what the actual f**k did I just watch’. If you appreciate the sense of humour in movies like The Muppets then you’ll definitely get a kick out of this. It’s silly, plain and simple. It’s also a heart warming story about friendship and falling in love. It also wasn’t until after the movie that I realised the villain is also played by Kristen Wiig! I knew she looked familiar and I couldn’t for the life of me work out why till I looked it up.


Best Bit: It’s actually impossible to pick just one stand out moment, and this is definitely a movie where you pick up on more jokes each time you watch it, but the bit that had me laughing the most was when the second spy, played by Damon Wayans Jr. was introduced. It’s a repeating joke of him giving away all his personal details and it tickled me!

Worst Bit: There’s a moment where Barb and Star are saved from certain death by their billowing culottes, the movie starts with a description of the trousers often worn by middle aged women and it made me a little sad because they’re my favourite trousers to wear in the summer! Am I old?!

Fun Trivia: Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo previously co-wrote and starred together in Bridesmaids (2011). Both films also feature Wendi McLendon-Covey.

My Rating: 4 seagulls listening to Jamie Dornan’s prayers.


Movie Reviews

Review: Fifty Shades Darker (2017)

fifty-shades-darker-movie-review-2017The UK is going through a bit of a crisis right now. No, our tea levels are just fine, but we appear to have a shortage of lettuce thanks to bad weather in Spain! Supermarkets are even putting out signs limiting customers to only 3 lettuce (lettuces?) per customer. Like, who even needs that much salad anyway? What we don’t seem to short of, is cucumbers. We have so many cucumbers that people are leaving them behind in the cinema after watching Fifty Shades Darker.

I’d like to say I watched Fifty Shades Darker because it’s my duty as a movie blogger, but actually, I just love trashy movies, and any excuse to go out on a Wednesday night with one of my girls is good with me!

So, you know the story so far, right? Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) is a billionaire with very particular tastes in the bedroom, and he meets Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) who seems determined to change him. They split up at the end of the first movie because Christian was a little too…rough. *cough* Sorry, it’s the awkward Brit in me, unable to talk about anything sexy without either giggling or coughing and looking away.


This second instalment of the series is darker, obviously. Ana has a new job, which comes with a creepy boss (Eric Johnson) who brings Ana coffee and would like some…gratification for it. Ahem. There’s also a creepy girl with a bandaged wrist following her around with a gun, and Ana also gets to meet Mrs Robinson (Kim Basinger) who’s responsible for teaching Christian all these terrible things in the first place.

So yes, there’s a lot going on here this time. I’m not sure if I’m dedicated enough to do the math and tell you whether there’s more sex this time, but we’re certainly introduced to some new things. Mainly a pair of silver balls (which do not go where Ana thinks they go) and a spreader bar. Gee, I’m feeling embarrassed just typing this!


Let’s talk about the good things. The soundtrack is pretty decent, like last time. The story feels much bigger, Dakota Johnson is as lovely as ever, and if you’re watching with friends, it’s a funny experience. If you love trashy movies, of course.

What’s not so good? The first movie was downright hilarious in many places, although I’m not sure if that was intentional. This second movie doesn’t bring many laughs at all. It also feels like it was originally a 4 hour movie that got absolutely slaughtered in the editing room, but it’s long enough as it is, so perhaps I shouldn’t complain. That’s what she said.

All in all, Fifty Shades Darker was exactly what I expected it to be. Haters gonna hate, yadda yadda yadda, but grab a bottle of wine and treat this movie the way you’d treat Sharknado, and have a bit of fun with it. With my blogging hat on however, this movie gets 2 out of 5 cucumbers.