Kristen Wig as Star and Annie Mumolo as Barb in "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar."

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, the Oscar-nominated writers of the 2011 hit comedy "Bridesmaids," finally reunite to stir up more funny business in "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar." The duo, BFFs in real life, wrote the script and co-star as a pair of fluffy-haired best friends who leave their Midwestern town for a vacation in Florida. It's no "Bridesmaids," but you'll laugh out loud, especially if you're a card-carrying member of the culotte crowd and approaching middle-age invisibility. Culottes - hybrid pants/shorts worn by women of a certain age - are referenced a lot in the movie, a running gag that delivers a hysterical payoff. Stick with it.

The set up: Forty-something gal-pals Barb (Mumolo) and Star (Wiig) are mirrors of each other. They both have the gift of gab. They work together selling furniture at Jennifer Convertibles. They live together, sharing a room with matching beds. They socialize in the same "talking circle," where a group of women gather, pull a topic out of a jar (this time "jobs") and converse awkwardly under the dictatorial control of a friend ("SNL's" Vanessa Bayer) who doesn't let anyone go off topic. But Barb and Star have lost their "shimmer." They are hopelessly stuck in middle-age ennui - until they're not. On a whim, they pack up their culottes - dress and casual - and head south to a "tiny oasis on the coast." Cue Jimmy Buffett's "Cheeseburger in Paradise."

It proves an ideal venue for song-and-dance numbers; a color palette of turquoise, pink and orange; fruity drinks with umbrellas; and poolside shenanigans with a hottie named Edgar (Jamie Dornan). Circling their good time is business involving a vengeful Sharon Gordon Fisherman (a fun bit of stunt casting not to be revealed here) and her sinister plan to wipe out all of Vista Del Mar with genetically modified killer mosquitoes. She is a villain straight out of Bond flicks abetted by a kid henchman called Yoyo (Reyn Doi).

After directing short films and many episodes of TV's "Fresh Off the Boat," Josh Greenbaum makes his feature debut with ease. But "Barb and Star" is the Mumolo and Wiig show all the way. And their chemistry is killer. It shows up all over the production designs, costuming, performances and especially the script. The duo co-wrote the song "Edgar's Prayer," sung by a wistful Dornan, yearning to be part of an "official couple." It's one of the most memorable scenes with Dornan lamenting about unrequited love and landing a grand jeté (or at least his body double did). It might be his best performance yet.

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No one takes themselves or the material too seriously, from Mumolo and Wiig down to the supporting players: Damon Wayans Jr., Michael Hitchcock, Kwame Patterson, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Mark Jonathan Davis and Andy Garcia making a cameo as Tommy Bahama. The humor is unapologetically juvenile with amusing songs like the Oscar-submitted "I Love Boobies," (... "I love knockers and Chimichangas" ...) and one-liners about "medical level" farts.

But the movie's heart is 100% legit. Under all the candy-colored ridiculousness lay truths about the importance of female friendship, companionship, love and growing older - which is a lot more fun to do in your snazziest culottes.

Dana Barbuto may be reached at dbarbuto@patriotledger.com or follow her on Twitter @dbarbuto_Ledger.

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