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GIRLS TRIP, another female universe


I can't say Malcolm D Lee's Girls Trip is an unfunny movie, but it does go into the pot with xeroxed Hollywood plots. That said, the acting is decent and the dialogue fun, here and there (check out the absinthe trip scenes and the grapefruiting), so the adult-friends-gone-wild scenario has a bit of its own texture.

Overall, the word around town is positive, as the characters are a bit more nuanced then the portrayals we've seen in the past. So, if you've got a couple of hours, this might be a good match.

"Films about adult friends behaving badly aren’t exactly an endangered Hollywood genre. Rough Night, an R-rated comedy about a Miami bachelorette party gone wrong, hasn’t even been in theaters for a full month, and now, here comes Malcolm D. Lee’s Girls Trip, an R-rated comedy about a New Orleans getaway gone wrong. But although Girls Trip sticks pretty close to the well-tested formula — four friends go on a trip together, get drunk, and bond over their debauched adventures — it executes that formula with flair, delivering a delightfully outrageous comedy of female friendship." (Entertainment Weekly)

"Whereas Perry’s work serves mostly as counter-programming “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf,” appealing to those who typically feel more comfortable going to church than going to the movies, Girls Trip has something for everyone — provided that they’re old enough to see a hard-R-rated comedy, and not so easily offended that an explicit demonstration of the so-called “grapefruit technique” would send them running for the exits. The movie’s equal-opportunity irreverence makes for a welcome addition to the bachelor-party genre, so often aimed at the frat-boy crowds. As Queen Latifah, who plays one of the Flossy Posse foursome, might say of the status quo, “That’s some white-boy shit right there” — whereas these girls are here to mix up the formula." (Variety)


"The setup is formulaic and the characters cut from familiar cloth, but the template is fleshed out with freshness and verve as each woman exhales alongside the three other people in the world who know her best. Weaving through crowds on Bourbon Street or in the Superdome, where we catch glimpses of concert performances by Common, Diddy and others, the posse shake off the concerns of their regular existences, including Ryan, whose professional responsibilities and marital troubles don't inhibit her ability to get crazy. The divine Hall is definitely not straitjacketed by her designated role as "the responsible one," her voice shifting into her trademark squawk in more excitable moments." (The Hollywood Reporter) The sparkplug that repeatedly ignites them all is shameless wild-child Dina, a role likely to be a breakout for the volcanically funny Haddish, best known for The Carmichael Show. And when she scores some 200-year-old absinthe (from Mike Epps in a cameo), ignoring the "imbibe with caution" warning, their night out turns hallucinogenic — Girls "Trip," geddit?"

"One of Lee’s major intentions with the film was to act as a counterpoint to what he perceives as the negative stereotypes of black women catfighting their way through reality shows like Love & Hip Hop and The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and throughout Girls Trip, there’s a genuine warmth underlying the crudeness. There’s chemistry between the women, the kind that is often absent from films pushing longtime best friends on us. While some of the more dramatic situations they encounter tend to feel soapily familiar, the cast sells every beat. Hall, finally being given the chance to play more of a lead, has the most challenging work in this area but is empathetic and strong, delivering a third-act speech with surprising poignancy. There’s a Set it Off reunion for Pinkett Smith and Latifah (referenced in a nifty aside) that allows both to shine and there’s a long line of cameos littered throughout, with Ne-Yo, Mike Epps, Mariah Carey and Morris Chestnut all cropping up. But the film’s secret weapon is the lesser known Tiffany Haddish. The actor, best known for The Carmichael Show and a role in Key and Peele’s Keanu, is a comic hurricane of vulgarity, willing to throw herself headfirst into any situation required, no matter how extreme. It’s a full-on star-making role, reminiscent of Melissa McCarthy’s Oscar-nominated turn in Bridesmaids or Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover, and one hopes that Hollywood realizes her potential, granting her a similar number of opportunities." (The Guardian)

Girls Trip is written by Kenya Barris (black-ish) and Tracy Oliver (The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl). Check out the trailer below.

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