Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo catch up with the Los Angeles Times about ‘Barb and Star‘ as the film hits the streaming service Hulu in the US. You can read their full interview in our press library.
Romance. Intrigue. Killer mosquitoes. Culottes. One movie in 2021 had it all: “Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” a delightfully bizarre pastel fantasia about two unsinkable Midwestern BFFs on vacay in Florida written, produced by and starring “Bridesmaids” duo Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig.
To many who found the absurdly earnest buddy comedy when it first hit premium VOD earlier this year, “Barb & Star” was a genuine surprise — a glimmer of joy in tough times, serving up a cinematic scorpion bowl of big-hearted silliness in matching perms and resort wear.
Set to open in theaters last summer, then delayed by Lionsgate due to the pandemic — and ultimately moved to a Valentine’s Day weekend PVOD debut — “Barb & Star’s” roundabout path to release was a bittersweet one for its makers. Learning that it gave audiences sorely needed cheer during the pandemic became a silver lining. (If you missed it the first time around, you’re in luck: The gals are now streaming on Hulu. Well timed, as the comedy recently popped up on several lists of the best movies of the year so far.)
“Knowing that people did find a little escape with this movie and some joy in it makes us so happy,” said Wiig, joining longtime friend and collaborator Mumulo over video chat. “Comedies are supposed to bring joy, and Annie and I — that’s part of our M.O., really. It was a very nice response that we weren’t expecting.”
Directed by Josh Greenbaum in his narrative feature debut, the film follows matchy-matchy middle-aged besties Barb (Mumolo) and Star (Wiig), who find themselves unemployed when the Jennifer Convertibles store they work in goes out of business. Daring to try something new, they embark on the vacation of their dreams to exotic Vista del Mar, Fla.Continue Reading…