Starring: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish
Run time: 2hr. 2mins
Have you ever been on your way to work or driving around town and a song comes on the radio or your music streaming device and you yell out, “Oh that’s my song”? You turn up the volume, blasting your speakers as the bass thumps and rattles your car that has now turn into a time machine transporting you back when you and your crew use to “turning it up” on the regular. This was a crazy time when you got into all sorts of trouble; doing things you would never tell anybody. Taking a vow to keep those skeleton bones locked in the closet forever. Yeah, you remember. Funny, right? Things you never told a soul, including your children and your spouse. So, imagine all the hijinks four college girlfriends from FAMU (The Flossy Posse) get into after a five-year hiatus. Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish take you on one ruckus weekend in Girls Trip, full of insane, sex driven, raunchy, funny, and very entertaining adventures.
Girls Trip is about four lifelong friends traveling to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, to rekindle their friendships that have been estranged for five years. They soon discover that everyone’s life is not what they have imagined, leading to a wild weekend in the Big Easy. Imagine The Hangover meets Sex in the City. Instead of having Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha, there is Ryan (Hall) the well-established television personality with seemingly perfect life and marriage. Sasha (Latifah), once an award-winning journalist, now an online tabloid journalist trying to get the next big story before she loses everything. Lisa (Pinkett Smith) the former party girl, now a divorce mom with two kids, trying to loosen up and find her “true” self. Last, but certainly not least, Dina (Haddish), the brash, say what’s on her mind, “ride or die” friend whose rebellious behavior always lands her in “hot water”.
This film is laugh out loud funny. At times, the laughter is so loud that you miss the dialogue in the scene. Although you can easily predict the outcome of the movie, it is the journey that keeps you enthralled. From one outrageous scene to the next, you are thinking to yourself, surely there cannot be more. And just when you think you have seen the most outrageous scene, here comes another one that will have your mouth hanging wide open and your stomach cramping from laughter. From a dance-off at a downtown New Orleans night club, to the strange man in the window, to zip lining and getting stuck with no bathroom in sight (the preview did not show the funniest part) to the grapefruit diet. If you are not a friend of the raunchy and sometimes obscene, sit this one out. This is definitely not for the outrageous comedy faint of heart.
The casting is perfect, but the scene stealing Tiffany Haddish (Nekeisha from The Carmichael Show) is truly the film’s beacon of light. Her offbeat humor and improvisation is surprisingly unexpected but very much appreciated. She is that friend you love, but at times afraid to be seen with in public because you never know what she is going to say. She is ready to fight at the drop of the hat, but loves you unconditionally. You never have to guess what she is thinking, because she is not afraid to tell you what is on her mind. I look forward to seeing her in her own feature film in the near future.
While viewing the film, I noticed that I was only one of three men in a sold-out theater. Viewing Girls Trip seems to be a girls’ night out where girlfriends sit, laugh with tears streaming down their face as they lean on each other for support so one does not fall on the floor dying from laughter. But fellas, definitely go see, funny is funny. Take your wife or girlfriend or go by yourself. You will feel right at home, because you will not be able to contain the laughter and you will find yourself desperately trying to catch your breath as you laugh hysterically out loud. I cannot wait to see the next one. Next one? Oh yeah, next one.
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