“Barb and Star Go To Vista Del Mar” is a whimsical breath of salty ocean air, an original script and genuine comedy at a time both are hard to find. If your tolerance for quirky humor is low, look for laughs elsewhere.
We’ve been slowly conditioned to accept the distinctions between on-demand and theater quality—there’s something just a bit different about the low-budget fare that skips straight past the box office. Those distinctions are blurring during the pandemic, as high-budget films land on-demand first, right alongside movies never intended to hit the big screen.
Hollywood is in the midst of a serious transition period, adapting to the streaming landscape in ways that will change their business models and the content we consume. Films like “Kid Detective” and “Barb and Star” are good examples of the new model, combining sharp scripts with great casting and production at no risk of breaking the bank or tanking at the box office. In other