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100% comedies are a rarity nowadays, so that was all the reason I needed to seek out this film, even though the promo material made it look a little dim and scruffy. No doubt a deliberate ploy by director Greenbaum, who manages to hide the true crazy of Barb and Star for another 20 minutes when the film starts, but then goes all out.

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The premise (two burnt out ladies whose lives have ground to a halt go on a trip to reignite their shimmer) sounds like a recipe for some solid but safe comedy, but underneath that cover hides a film that isn't afraid to surprise, take risks and go all in. There's a bit of a Lonely Island vibe here.

Wiig and Mumolo's performances are perfect, the styling is hilarious, the musical bits supremely camp and the comedy is full of surprises. It's a shame the film's 15 minutes too long, Dornan also isn't as funny as he should've been, but other than that there's a lot to love here. Hopefully Greenbaum is allowed to go forward in this direction, because the world sure could use more films like this one.