There are certain films that will go under the radar for the average moviegoer, even if it finds itself in the middle of a busy summer, surrounded by tent pole films. Girls Trip
was this past summer’s surprise hit. With an 89% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and overall positive vibes by the audience, this film brings all the adult humour to be found on a single trip to the vibrant and lively city of New Orleans.
Sure, there is the expected crude and sexual content, foul language and other adult themes, but why would you expect anything else in a rated R comedy? This comedy drama raked up over $115 million in the box office, while it took around $19 million to make. A success? You bet your tush it is.
There’s nothing really original to how the four best friends get together for another girls trip. After a long absence, each life taking its turn through success and failures, best friends plan a trip to take a break from the woes of the world. After several years of barely legitimate contact, the girls get together to relive their youth in the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans.
While the set up is nothing out of the ordinary, how the story plays out is what attracts the audience, keeping them engaged with every little comic element in the film. Each incident, with the right amount of humour and realistic approach, drives the film at a steady pace. This movie is clocking around two hours, but as expected, it’ll feel like a breeze.
Out of the four lifelong friends in the film, Dina, played by Tiffany Haddish, steals the show. After the film’s initial release, there was nothing but incredibly positive feedback by critics and the general audience of Haddish’s overall performance. Haddish is no stranger in the comedy field. A familiar face in stand-up comedy, she proved to the world she has a natural talent, and entertaining the audience on the big screen was second nature.
This doesn’t dismiss the performances by the other three, veteran actors Regina Hall (Ryan), JadaPinkett Smith (Lisa) and Queen Latifah (Sasha) who bring a wonderful balance in chemistry throughout the entire film. There will be no argument or doubt that each actress played her character perfectly.
This is another fine example of a movie trying not to be what it is not. It’s a popcorn flick that will keep your spirits high and set you up for several gut-busting funny moments. The director Malcolm D Lee does a solid job letting the audience dive into the antics encountered by the main characters. And ladies, if you’re watching this with your friends, you’ll feel right at home; reminiscing about all the trouble you got into with your own best friends.
is absolutely a fun watch – a must-watch – whenever you’re feeling down or just seeking a good time. Every minute is worth it.