I have to admit, I was pretty surprised with all the great reviews Girls Trip was receiving when it came out in theaters this past weekend. I already had an idea in my head that this movie was going to try way too hard and fall short to an embarrassing extent. I imagined it trying to be a female version of The Hangover, only not funny. To my benefit, I was totally wrong. This movie is unexpectedly substantial it its plot, and super fun.
The story is about 4 long-time best friends who reunite after 5 years for a festival in New Orleans, hoping to rekindle their unique bond. For the highly successful Ryan Pierce (Regina Hall), the trip is not just to have a fun vacation with her friends, but also for business purposes- which causes resentment from gossip blogger Sasha (Queen Latifah), and brings up some bad blood they were hoping to get past. As for single mom Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith), this trip is met with a lot of hesitation since it is her first time away from her kids. And when you add Dina (Tiffany Haddish) in the mix, who is just looking for a crazy good time, things get out of control far too quickly. They definitely live very different lives individually, but there is something special that happens when they are all together that makes them forget their concerns and throw caution to the wind.
Throughout the film, Regina Hall does an outstanding job of conveying the inner-conflict of “what is right” verses "what is easy”. Her constant unspoken tension with Queen Latifah's character is very believable, especially during the times they are pretending it’s not there for the sake of the other girls. Jada Pinkett Smith is extremely likable in this role, and watching her rediscover her adventurous side during their crazy outings is quite amusing. Yet even with this all-star cast of incredibly talented women, Tiffany Haddish stands out above anyone. She is a true original, and non-stop hilarious most of the time.
This movie serves as a great reminder that true friends support you and are there for you no matter what. Whether it is them being a shoulder to cry on while your marriage is falling apart, a listening ear as you sort through a career change, or just helping to get your mind off things by bringing the laughs, there is no question that these close relationships matter more than we often choose to make known. Not only is Girls Trip the anthem of ultimate friendship, it reminds us never to settle, or think we are less than what we are.
While there are definitely several over the top moments that sometimes go too far, the comedy works really well overall. The jokes are a fresh take on what could have easily been stale and clichéd, but the writing combined with what I can only assume to be some improvised lines, make for great entertainment until the very end. No doubt that this movie is super raunchy (so be prepared), but it gets my vote as funniest movie of 2017 so far.
Rating: 41 club dance-offs turned girl fights out of 50 (82%)