When four lifelong friends 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.
A grounded, soulful, celebratory comedy about three mothers and their adult sons. The film explores the stage after motherhood, Otherhood, when you have to redefine your relationship with your children, friends, spouse, and most importantly, yourself.
After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly soon meets the wife he's been betraying. And when yet another love affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot revenge on the three-timing S.O.B.
Four best friends, the "Flossy Posse", have grown distant over the years. When lifestyle guru Ryan Pierce (Regina Hall), who is dubbed "the next Oprah", is offered an opportunity to be the keynote speaker at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, she decides to bring along her friends to turn her work vacation into a girls' trip. Joining Ryan is Sasha (Queen Latifah), an ex-journalist from Time magazine who now owns a floundering gossip site and is struggling financially; Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith), a nurse and uptight mom who has not had a boyfriend since her divorce years earlier; and Dina (Tiffany Haddish), a happy-go-lucky, impulsive party animal who was fired after assaulting a coworker shortly before the trip. While on the trip, Sasha is sent a tip that shows a picture of a black man's head kissing an Instagram model, presumed to be Ryan's husband Stewart. The friends are reluctant to tell Ryan, but when Dina spills the news, Ryan shocks them by telling them she is already ...
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Queen Latifah is in the lady's powder room. In the back ground there is a woman in a yellow dress and a reflection in a mirror of a woman in a gray dress. At one point the yellow dressed woman disappears then when she's back the gray dressed one disappears. See more »
Sasha Franklin. Of Sasha's Secrets.
Miss Vanzant, it is such an honor to even be in the same...
So, so, come, missy, and let me holler at you for a minute.
Do you know who I am?
Yeah. I just said...
'Cause either you don't know, or some strange affliction has altered the molecular structure of your brain. If you think that you can trash my name and reputation just to make a name for yourself, missy, that is not gonna turn out well for you.
N-No. Look, I'm just the messenger. I thought you ...
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In 2017, we haven't had too many successful comedies. We've had our fair share of action comedies, and unintentionally bad film that end up comedies, but there wasn't any competition on the horizon. Then this summer came word about two films involving a group of women out for a great time around the same time, one is Rough Night and the other is Girls Trip. Rough Night, even with its star power, really had trouble finding a audience, even many saying the actors lacked the needed chemistry and ultimately fizzled out over time. So Girls Trip had a lot to prove not just to Hollywood but also that fans could get a fun ride.
The film involves 4 friends known as the "Flossy Posse", who have all known each other since college and hadn't been together for almost 5 years due to life changes and personal issues. But Ryan (Regina Hall) gets a keynote speaker offer at the Essence Festival In New Orleans and uses this is a chance to rekindle with her girls on have a great weekend.
First off, all 4 girls have great chemistry together. A film like this has to sell that the girls are all having a good time and the infectious energy in scenarios and their performances really works well for this kind of movie. Tiffany Haddish definitely came to play in this movie, delivering a large percentage of the laugh out loud moments (and trust me, she has more than 4 big moments in this film). It takes some time for the other characters to keep up with her energy, but it works fine in the context of the film as they start to let their hair down, particularly Jada Pinkett Smith as a mom who has built a conservatively safe lifestyle, which gets broken quick when Kofi Sidobe comes on screen (yes, ladies he's on screen for some time).
The biggest issue with this film is no matter how funny this film gets, I can't shake the fact that the plot is so familiar and generically melodramatic. The director Malcolm D. Lee also did The Best Man Holiday and format wise, the film plays almost verbatim in the same format (introduce characters, someone is cheating and every action they do proves it, someone does something behind their "closest friends" back, the typical sermon speech about friendship for 3 minutes.....you get the idea). And also, this film is 10-15 minutes too long as the 122 minute runtime lets a couple jokes go on for too long and has some moments of filler in between along with the overdone joke of "it's funny cause they don't know how to use slang talk."
Girl's Trip nonetheless is a fun trip with likable leads. If it had a shorter tighter cut, and a plot that didn't take itself so seriously in the third act, the ride wouldn't be too bumpy. Still get your friends and let the Posse take you on a ride.
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