Girls Trip – Review
The four women in Girls Trip proved the best way to reconnect with old friends is to make new memories together. Ryan, Sasha, Lisa and Dina have been separated by distance and their busy lives for five years. Ryan (Regina Hall) has been invited to the Essence Festival in New Orleans to be a guest speaker. She is nostalgic for her 3 best friends, so she invites them along for an adventure. Along the way, all the girls go through some turmoil but Ryan’s celebrity status takes center stage related to complications with her marriage. The other three share varying degrees of debt, loneliness and the stress of raising children. The sassy wardrobes and lively street life paired with strong comedic actresses contribute to making this a fun film to watch.
Each girl added her own special touch to the group, making for a dynamic and interesting cast. Tiffany Haddish’s character was the center of attention when it came to the jokes, borrowing a few good gags from the internet. As someone who’s grown up on twitter memes, viral sensations and rap music, I loved and laughed out loud at the references her insane character made. My favorite was Haddish saying, “He wanted these Biggie Smalls up on my chest.” I don’t think I’ve ever laughed and cried harder over a joke. There were also a few moments of acknowledging stereotypes and how certain white characters would try to modify their vocabulary to “fit in” around black characters. I respect how the actresses pointed that out, without being insensitive about the topic. A few scenes in the movie were really inappropriate though, so do not take your kids to the movie. There are two awkward scenes featuring male nudity and while funny, not for kids – hence the R rating. The plot ended up being a bit all over the place, but that’s understandable since it’s more of a feel-good movie. Everything wrapped back together in the end and Ryan’s memorable speech was the cliché ending that viewers like.
Gather everyone together and head out to the Highway 21 Drive-In theater in Beaufort in your friend’s soccer mom’s SUV or van to see Girls Trip. Get a cheap lunch along the way or bring food with you to enjoy. I would rather watch a comedy in a space where I can talk a bit and be able to crack my own jokes. Since it’s a movie about girls, dedicate time with your girls for a fun-filled night out. All in all, the light and genuine laugh-generating Girls Trip film rates as the summer comedy MUST see.