Part of Midnight Movies.
When Barb Quicksilver (Annie Mumolo) and Star Testigivlio (Kristen Wiig) find themselves on the horns of an employment dilemma in their beloved hometown of Soft Rock, Nebraska, the only way out of an existential crisis is through it — to sunny Vista Del Mar, Florida! There’s a sprawling hotel, the annual seafood jam, sensual pleasures of all sorts, mystery, intrigue, and it’s always the perfect weather for culottes. This visionary comedy never got a proper theatrical release due to Covid, and its charms are exponentially so on the big screen. With Reyn Doi as preteen henchman Yoyo, songs from Richard Cheese, Damon Wayans Jr., exquisite production design — and in the singin’, dancin’, and lovin’ role that redefined his career, planetary treasure Jamie Dornan.
“BARB & STAR is what happens when you let two genius women do whatever they want and what they want happens to be an action comedy set in tourist Florida with two middle-aged women who love culottes at the center.” ––Esther Zuckerman, Thrillist “This is the Jackson Pollock of comedy writing, a cinematic canvas splattered with every possible idea under the sun, all coalesced into a single, abstract delight.” ––Clarisse Loughrey, Independent “BARB AND STAR commits to its deep silliness so sweetly and completely that you can't help falling a little bit in love with them too.” ––Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly