Directed by Malcom D. Lee (Spike Lee’s cousin who also directed The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday and the upcoming The Best Man Wedding) and starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Girls Trip has finally hit the big screen.
This is one of the more interesting movies about women and friendships that I’ve seen in a while. All these personalities, and their personal woes; the all-too-human reflex to pass judgment and then the withdrawal of that judgment that leads to acceptance of life choices because… that woman is your friend above all else and you love her. She’s your girl! These women work through past problems while going through current problems, talk/yell/cry all the problems out, then hug it out; the way true friendships should be.
Over a girl’s weekend/business trip for Hall’s character, four girlfriends reconnect in New Orleans during the annual Essence Festival. This setting provides the perfect backdrop for the debauchery which ensues. There is free-flowing liquor, lots of eye candy, good music and cameos galore.
Girls Trip was written by Kenya Barris (Black-ish/co-creator of America’s Next Top Model), Karen McCullah (10 Things I Hate About You and the screenplay for Legally Blonde), Erica Rivinoja (South Park) and Tracy Oliver, so I was expecting some smart writing and Girls Trip mostly delivers. The characters are easy to relate to and the events that take place are plausible. It is well written in that there are different levels, layers and dynamics to each friendship between each and among this group of women; like any group of friends in real life.
The writing is also also quite predictable. You might not mind this so much because the story manages to keep you interested with Haddish’s wild and well-played character driving the majority of the jokes, the raunchiness and the fun. She is the wild card here. You will want to see more of her, because there is no way to predict what she will do next.
Tiffany Haddish is definitely the show stopper/scene stealer here. The woman is fearless with her comedy and her ghetto fabulousness. As wild as her character is, she is the type of “bestie” every girl should have; a party starter with whom it’s all love until she’s ready to hurt someone for hurting you. Regina Hall does a great job as well. You will feel as though all of these women have actually known one another since college. It will remind you of good times (and bad) with long-time, dear girlfriends; the women who know you best.
Girls Trip earned 7.5 out of 10 bloops. It’s a good movie that is a lot of fun and a bit raunchy (it might be a bit “too much” for your taste so proceed with caution. There’s one scene I am sure some people will be über-offended by for certain so keep in mind that the movie is rated R for a reason), but still manages to keep the characters likeable and maintain a level of sweetness. I feel a sequel in the works if the box office is kind.
1 = worst ever, avoid at all cost
2 = very bad, forget about it!
3 = poor movie, not recommended
4 = not good, even for free – NO!
5 = so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6 = not bad, could have been better
7 = good movie, worth seeing
8 = great movie, don’t miss it!
9 = excellent movie, a must see!
10 = a masterpiece, go see it now!
What I’m seeing this week…
Crazy Rich Asians
The Happytime Murders
Won’t You Be My Neighbor
Sorry to Bother You
Avengers: Infinity War
You Were Never Really Here
A Quiet Place
Ready Player One
A Wrinkle in Time
The Florida Project
Den of Thieves
All the Money in the World
The Greatest Showman
The Disaster Artist
Call Me By Your Name
Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Victoria and Abdul
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
The Big Sick
All Eyez on Me
It Comes at Night
The Wedding Plan
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
Kong: Skull Island
The Girl with All the Gifts
A Cure for Wellness
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Florence Foster Jenkins
I Am Not Your Negro