What happens when four lifetime friends who work hard make time to play hard together?
DENISHA McKNIGHT | 8/4/2017, 4:01 p.m.
The Dallas Examiner
Believe all the positive hype you heard about the new comedy blockbuster Girls Trip. It’s a hilarious film filled with comedy, drama and eye candy – perfect to watch with friends or on those days when you’ve been too serious and just need a good laugh.
The movie focuses on four lifelong friends, self-named the Flossy Posse, reuniting after several years of separation for a long-awaited “girls trip” to the Essence Festival in New Orleans. The posse’s “Oprah,” Ryan Pierce (Regina Hall), invites her girlfriends to the festival for her keynote speech and to hopefully reconcile with her friend Sasha (Queen Latifah), who transitioned from a New York Times reporter to a struggling gossip blogger after a failed joint venture with Ryan.
Following the release of her book, You Can Have It All, Ryan’s perfect image is the center of attention, from her successful career to her marriage to retired football star Stewart (Mike Colter). But, once pictures of Stewart’s mistress surface and her friends begin to look beyond her facade, viewers will see how far Ryan goes to appear to be someone she’s not.
The film is like a Sex in The City for Black women. Each character has their own unique personality that you can find in your own group of friends. There’s Ryan – the perfect friend who gives everyone else advice but herself; Sasha – the black sheep who is more of a leader than others think; Lisa (Jada Pinkett-Smith) – the uptight, divorced mother who forgot what it means to have fun; and Dina (Tiffany Haddish) – the outspoken party girl with no filter.
There are so many laughing out loud, gut-busting scenes in the movie, with newcomer Tiffany Haddish stealing the show, such as the well-known weed smuggling airport scene from the commercials and a side-splitting scene – and personal favorite – where Dina spikes the girls’ drinks before Ryan’s important meeting with her agent, Elizabeth Daveli (Kate Walsh), who also consumed one of the drinks, and a sponsor that goes completely left.
There are also some raunchy and at times forced scenes that are funny but can be a little too much for the faint of heart – the “grapefruiting” sequence comes to mind.
Aside from the obvious comedy, Girls Trip isn’t so overwhelming with jokes that you forget to take something away from it. The festival represented more than just a simple getaway. The trip highlighted the need for women to take off that “perfect” mask in order to reveal their true emotions without fear of being judged or appearing weak and that there is always somebody who will stand by you – it’s OK to not be OK.
“I am not perfect. I do not have it all,” Ryan said during the movie.
Some film critics may note that the movie is promoting promiscuity among Black women, but that would blur out the positivity revolving around it. More than anything, the film promotes sisterhood and confidence among Black women. The characters cry, laugh, fight and find love together during their trip.
“Me and my friends are going to enjoy Black womanhood and celebrate all its many forms. You, my friend, are just a guest,” Ryan said, illustrating their relationship.
The film isn’t a tear-jerker like Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls and is more upbeat than Terry McMillan’s Waiting to Exhale. There’s nothing wrong with showing African American women going through tough struggles and overcoming them – which the movie doesn’t shy away from – but it’s also great to see a box office hit where Black women are smiling than crying and having fun for once.
Overall, the movie deserves a 4.5 – on a scale of 1 to 5 – for its hilarious, feel-good and occasionally overbearing effort. After watching the film, viewers will definitely understand why the movie became such a success in the box office.