Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

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The Movie: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

Where You Can Stream It: Available on PVOD

The Pitch: Lifelong friends Barb and Star (Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig) embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time ever and escape to the luscious paradise that is Vista Del Mar. But what starts as a getaway between two friends turns into a surprising love triangle full of espionage, betrayal, and plenty of seashells and culottes.

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