Girls Trip Is One Ride You Don’t Want to Miss!
If you haven’t seen Girls Trip by now, stop what you’re doing, find your nearest theater, and hope that it’s still playing in your city. Starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish, you’ll leave wishing that you were part of their dynamic foursome, dubbed the “Flossy Posse”. The film was directed by Malcolm D. Lee, whose credits include The Best Man, and his latest endeavor does not disappoint. Boasting an 87% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes, you can be sure Girls Trip will take you a ride that you don’t want to miss.
The film centers around four college besties and their mission to rekindle their friendship. Ryan (Regina Hall) is a super successful relationship expert and tv personality, Sasha (Queen Latifah) writes a celebrity gossip blog, Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) is an overly responsible divorced mother of two, and Dina (Tiffany Haddish) is an unapologetic boisterous force to be reckoned with. After not seeing each other in five years, the women take a girl’s trip to the Essence Festival in New Orleans, where hilarity ensues. Our girls meet some of New Orleans’ finest men, partake in enviable nights out, and encounter situations that not only reinforces their bond, but makes it stronger. Ryan’s storyline with her husband, Stewart (played by Mike Colter), and her fractured relationship with Sasha moves most of the plot along, yet each character adds her unique charm to make a flavor filled, substantive film.
Girls Trip reunites Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith, who starred in 1996’s Set It Off. When joined by Hall and Haddish, their on-screen compatibility is kicked up a notch, making the foursome irresistible. Audiences will relish in the fact that their friendship seems so genuine. While a good script goes a long way, the skilled actresses take it to a new level, providing a refreshing take on positive black female relationships. The film is co-written by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, the latter of who worked with Issa Rae on The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. Oliver brings the same level of black girl realness and relatability to the silver screen. Audiences of all shades and genders will enjoy this film and black women will particularly appreciate the phenomenal, cringe-free representation of black womanhood.
Girls Trip also manages to tackle a social issue without becoming too “preachy” or taking away from the plot. In an early scene, Ryan tastefully demonstrates how to confront someone about cultural appropriation, by addressing some innocent, yet problematic phrases by her white assistant, Liz (played by Kate Walsh). While futile, Ryan’s attempt resonates with audiences, especially given the rise of cultural appropriation in Hollywood and the media.
The film is the breakout movie of the summer and it has box office receipts to prove it. Earning $114.6 million, Girls Trip made history as the first film that was directed, produced, written by and starring African Americans to gross over $100 million. If you haven’t already, grab your girls, your boys, or go by yourself and check out this film. It’s a trip that will leave you begging for more.