Stars: 3.5 out of 5.
Cast: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh, Mike Colter.
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
The female version of ‘The Hangover’, it’s nice to see women playing another role at the Box Office, after the widely anticipated ‘Wonderwoman’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’. The comedy ‘Girls Trip’ hits theaters on Friday, July 21 and features four 40 something year old black women re-connecting for mischief, fun and some ‘sexy’ time. And, the movie most certainly delivers just that.
We are introduced to Ryan (Regina Hall), who’s life seems perfect: a good job with her bestselling book and handsome husband Stewart. However, it’s lacking the friends she once had. When a business trip to New Orleans comes her way, she reaches out to her posse and invites them with her for the weekend.
That’s when we meet Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith), who is a single mother with a love life that is almost non-existent. Dina (Tiffany Haddish) has been recently fired and seems oblivious of the problems she causes around her. And then there’s Sasha (Queen Latifah), a celebrity gossip blogger hiding her failing site.
This film shows a sense of warmth among four black women, who show us how to have genuine fun, and make us wince at the cringe moments – like when Lisa pees on a crowd while zip-lining. (You’ll understand when you see it).
But, Dina steals the show for her humor, vulgarity, and her extreme actions. Like the night she creates an absinthe-fueled club night and rides a guy on a bike – it’s not what it sounds like.
Malcolm D. Lee’s, Flossy Posse, as they call themselves, bring raunch, fun and also sentiments to the movie, one which we hear at the beginning. A voice over expresses the distance that can grow between even the best of friends. The movie also shows the power of women and how being single and career-driven are not the worst things in the world.
‘Girls Trip’ hits U.S. theaters July 21 and U.K. theaters on July 26.