HOLLYWOOD—We’ve always talked about how difficult comedy can be done. The last time audiences witnessed a hilarious comedy involving women was the 2011 hit “Bridesmaids” starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig. However, 2017 proves that when done right comedy can be just as fun with ladies with “Girls Trip.” Now, let’s just take the elephant out of the room: “Girls Trip” focuses on the lives of four African-American women who reunite for a weekend of fun after being distant for so many years.
This movie proves that minorities can be just as funny on the big screen America! The comedy stars Queen Latifah, Regina Halla, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish, in a breakout and hilarious role people; Haddish is indeed a scene-stealer for the flick. The girls have their long-awaited trip to New Orleans during the Essence Music Festival, where their inhibitions are released, risqué behavior come front and center, and the girls unleash their wild side to ensure what happens in New Orleans stays in New Orleans. I literally cannot recall the last time I laughed so hard and with feverish rupture in a theater. The biggest gain for the flick is not being apologetic for its risqué dialogue and bluntness. These ladies say exactly what they feel, when they feel it and without sugarcoating the situation.
These characters are extremely diverse and that works for the chemistry of our four leads. We have Sasha (Queen Latifah), who was once a notable journalist who has now turned to gossip news as a way of paying the bills. Little do her pals know that she is drowning in debt! We have Ryan (Regina Hall) who is an accomplished writer, who seems to have it all; a perfect marriage, a perfect career, yet there are skeletons in her close that she is also keeping from her pals. There is Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith), who is the poised one. She has two kids, but hasn’t dated in years and has lost the fire here friends remember her for.
However, the Queen of the hour has to be Dena (Tiffany Haddish). Dena is that character who we all know, who we all frown at sometimes, who can’t help, but say and do what’s on her mind even if it makes her look like a complete lunatic. This woman has some of the best one-liners in the entire movie and Haddish totally eats up her role to all of its epic glory.
While some might argue this is a movie that caters solely to women (and for the most part it does), the laughs are universal in my opinion. The fun these people have just makes you wish you were on a trip with them or with your pals from high school or college to reminisce on all the good times. I will say there are some absolute hilarious moments in this movie. One involves a grapefruit, and you will NEVER look at that fruit again, the other involves zip lining with an unexpected outcome that makes you cringe in your seat, but laugh at the same time.
Without a doubt, I can say “Girls Trip” is the one movie that had my attention from start to finish, not once did I look at my watch nor did I find myself bored at watching the madness unfold in all of its epic glory in the city of New Orleans. If you truly want to laugh out loud “Girls Trip” is hands down the best comedy of 2017. I might even argue it’s the best comedy I have seen in the past 5 years!