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Is Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar Kid Friendly? Parents Guide

Wondering if Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar is ok for kids? Barb and Star is rated PG-13 for language and some weird sexual content, but fans of Saturday Night Live may enjoy this film. It’s ridiculous, kitschy, and about 45 minutes too long. Jamie Dornan was perhaps the best thing about this film. Here’s what parents need to know in this Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar Parents Guide.

Barb and Star Parents Guide

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar Parents Guide

Best friends Barb and Star have just received the worst news ever, the Jennifer Convertibles store where they work is closing! They like things familiar and comfortable. So when Star (Kristen Wiig)  suggests they go on an adventure to Vista Del Mar, Barb (Annie Mumolo) is hesitant, but goes along for the ride! Soon these two find their grooves again, but also land themselves in the middle of a messy murder plot. 

Wiig and Mumolo last wrote Bridesmaids together, and this is no Bridesmaids, but there’s definitely an audience for Barb and Star. You can’t deny their happy vibes. 

Why is Barb and Star rated PG-13? Mostly for some sexual content, crude language, and drug use. This Parents Guide will tell you what you need to know. 


There isn’t too much profanity – about 5 uses of sh**, 6 dammits, one g-ddammit, one a**, and an a**hole. However there is some crude words uses like dong, tits, and tit flapper.

Mature Content

Killer mosquitoes attack a man. 

Some characters drink alcohol and take pills.

Characters smoke a joint. 

One scene shows three people on top of each other after having (implied) sex.

Characters feel each other up on the dance floor. 

A piano player sings about how much he loves boobs several times. Boobies in your face, etc.

Characters talk about riding each other on the stairs and then making love. There is some thrusting involved used in a humorous manner.

One character talks about having her labia pierced. 

Is Barb and Star kid friendly?

Is Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar Appropriate for Kids Under 13?

If you’re reading this to see if your kids should watch Barb and Star, it is essentially a Saturday Night Live skit. Some parts are funny, some are unnecessary, and other parts are completely bizarre. The sexual humor is used for laughs and doesn’t really get super sexual in nature, but it may make some kids uncomfortable. PG-13 is an accurate rating. 

My friends says Barb and Star is the kind of movie to watch while high. I wouldn’t know, so I can’t speak to that. But the same thing was said about Cats, and I never want to watch that film again.

Barb and Star is weird, and I’m not one to shy away from weird, but I’m just not the target audience for this film. Their voices  became like nails on a chalkboard, and I wanted it to stop. Too. Much. Talking. It was nice to see Jamie Dornan in a comical role. 

Barb and Star are delightful, truly, but maybe I wasn’t in the right frame of mind for that much delight. The colors are bright and happy, the culottes a questionable fashion choice, and the story about friendship is real. Sometimes subtlety is underrated, and Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar is too much. 

Barb and Star ok for kids

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