I had the pleasure of seeing an early view of the movie Girls Trip a month before its July 21st release. Thanks GOFOBO. I haven’t done that in a while but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see the latest from Malcolm D. Lee (Best Man Holiday). Girls Trip reunites Set It Off stars Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith along with Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish (The Carmichael Show) as four best friends since college who after a long time from not seeing each other have an opportunity to bring the “Flossy Posse” back together again for a girls trip to the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans. Each of them with big and different personalities puts them in the craziest situation and makes their weekend a trip they will never forget.
The trailers so far for this movie didn’t reveal much except for the fact that it’s been a long time since they have seen each other and a compilation of images of them having fun. So I went into this not knowing what to expect. I gotta say that I was pleasantly surprised and wildly entertained just watching them be together. What surprised me is that the hijinks they got into were at par with how raunchy male driven college movies are done. Not to say that women are not capable of having that type of fun but you just rarely see it being carried out on film. Especially coming from women whose characters are not in college.
It was refreshing to see a comedy that features grown women who still know how to have a good time. We see enough comedies like this from a male’s point of view because it just makes more sense for the female to be the mature one of the species and be the responsible ones. What was entertaining was how close these 4 best friends were and some of the things they were willing to do to rekindle their friendship whether it be zip lining from one building to another at a frat party, drinking absinthe, or even having a dance off at a club wearing neon wigs. You want to know what women talk about when men are not around? Watch this movie, they are just as blunt and honest about it all just as much as men are.
Aside from the physical and hardcore humor this movie provides it does come with a lot of heart. Each one of the leading ladies have something personal going on in their lives that doesn’t make their lives as perfect as they hoped it be at this time in their lives. Men problems are one of them but also financial issues and just learning when to finally grow up and be an adult and even vice versa in remembering when to have fun and allow yourself to have fun in addition to being an adult. I really enjoyed how close these women were to each other. This film showcased in so many different scenes that when one is in trouble, they are all in trouble. They had each others back throughout the whole movie. Without hesitation these women were there for one another no matter the circumstances. This movie had a lot of heart and showcased some of the things women go through internally that is not easy to share with their girlfriends or their significant other.
This is a movie that I am definitely recommending. In addition to the excitement these ladies bring to the screen, they are joined with some very handsome men such as Larenz Tate (TV’s Power), Mike Colter (Marvel’s Luke Cage), and Kofi Siriboe (TV’s Queen Sugar). There are also a lot of cameos that pop up so keep your eyes open for all of them. Tiffany Haddish who plays the no holds barred, no filter, daredevil will steal each scene she is in. Watch out for her, she is going places. She was so enjoyable to watch. Her character may come off as if she has the most growing up to do but her honesty and the love for her three best friends makes her the glue of the group and they could all learn more from her than vice versa. You will definitely count your blessings and appreciate those you have in your life similar to the characters in this movie. That honesty and trust you want from your friends that they will be there for you. This movie comes with a nice message that you don’t have to be perfect to be happy. I think that is important to know when going into adult hood. To be able to accomplish that in a movie and still entertain you with the kind of fun you would see in a movie like The Hangover, I’d say you have yourself a very entertaining movie. If girl trips are like anything I saw in this movie, I want to go on one too.