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GIRLS TRIP (2017)

Girl’s Trip

When I heard Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah were all starring in a film, positioned as the female version of the hangover. I had to make a date to see this film. So for all of those of you who are still yet undecided, here’s a cheeky film review to help you make up your mind.

In Girls Trip, when four lifelong friends—(L to R) Sasha (QUEEN LATIFAH), Ryan (REGINA HALL), Lisa (JADA PINKETT SMITH) and Dina (TIFFANY HADDISH)—travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Credit: Michele K. Short

What it’s about?

Four lifelong friends — Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah — travel to New Orleans.

Sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Producer Will Packer (Ride Along and Think Like a Man franchises, Almost Christmas) presents Girls Trip, a new comedy from director/producer Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man franchise, Barbershop: The Next Cut).

Credit: Michele K. Short

Credit: Michele K. Short

Can a girl really have it all?

At the heart of the comedy is ‘The Boss’ Ryan (Regina Hall), who is the woman who claims to have it all. The perfect woman – with the perfect husband and perfect life. After not seeing her friends for five years, she decides to treat her friends to an all-expenses VIP trip to New Orleans during the Essence Festival in Malcolm D. Lee’s sisterhood celebration. The narrative of the film reveals how Dina’s perfect life is not so perfect, as the girls find out that her husband Stewart is cheating on her with an Instagram-model through a photo which is leaked. Dina chooses to go to New Orleans to support her husband clinch a marketing deal, who in turn is frolicking with his mistress.

Credit: Michele K. Short

Credit: Michele K. Short

Who are the key characters?

‘The Boss’ Ryan (Regina Hall) reunites college friends – the “Flossy Posse” – for a hedonistic weekend in New Orleans.  ‘The Mom’ Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) cares for her kids so much she has started to neglect herself. ‘The Gossip’ Sasha (Queen Latifah) is being pushed to sell out to gain more followers to her celeb site. The sorority sisters are completed by ‘The Wild One’, Dina (Tiffany Haddish) who loves to cause mischief.

TIFFANY HADDISH as Dina in Girls Trip.

TIFFANY HADDISH as Dina in Girls Trip. Credit: Michele K. Short

Girls just wanna have fun

What differentiates this film from the likes of The Hangover and Bridesmaids, is that the girls have reunited just for fun. The film provides lots of laughs (Trippin’ on Tequila) as well as cringeworthy moments (that ‘gushing’ moment). However what is great about this film is that it is just four girls all getting together, catching up and making up for the fun together they haven’t had together in five years.

We are going to be staying up late. Making memories we will remember for the rest of our lives. Cos that’s what girls trips are for.

Credit: Universal Pictures

Credit: Universal Pictures

Why we love Girl’s Trip

What makes this film amazing is that all four women have such a great chemistry on screen. Whether having fun, sharing secrets or sitting around gossiping. You feel part of their friendship group throughout the film or at least want to be in it!

The film does have more poignant undertones. How people’s lives today has been cheapened by media. Stewart runs off with an Instagram model. Sasha sells out by living off celebrities through her gossip website. The girls win their dance off V the girls who shake their booty copying dancers from current music videos.

The Girls

Ryan is an author and self-help entrepreneur who knows you can have it all…if you just work hard enough for it. During the course of the film, her perfect world married to the perfect Stewart unravels.

Sasha runs a gossip blog and is at the point in her career where she’s wondering if the decisions she’s made to try and get to the top have been worth it.

Credit: Michele K. Short

Credit: Michele K. Short

Lisa is a conservative nurse with two kids who needs this weekend more than anyone else in New Orleans ever dreamed of needing it.

Dina is hot-headed, foul-mouthed and will say whatever she wants. She’s basically the person you secretly wish you could be. She is also fiercely loyal to her girls.

Verdict

Filthy, funny, ‘Girl’s Trip’ shows female friendship at its best. Where you can gossip and argue, but most of all have each other’s back, forever.

So, grab the girls for a night out. Girl’s Trip is full of laughs and the scenes will have you laughing, cringing and booing along (with the girls not at them). The film also features music cameos with Usher and Maria Carey.

Oh yeah…and the men are really hot.