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[Movie Review] Girls Trip (2017)

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Plot Summary: 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.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Writers: Kenya Barris, Karen McCullah

Runtime: 2h 2min

Main Cast:
  • Regina Hall as Ryan Pierce
  • Queen Latifah as Sasha Franklin
  • Jada Pinkett Smith as Lisa Cooper
  • Tiffany Haddish as Dina
  • Larenz Tate as Julian Stevens
  • Mike Colter as Stewart Pierce
  • Kofi Siriboe as Malik

Review: by Tuck & Jacq

One word – HILARIOUS. Another Word – RELATABLE. This film is not just another Hangover or Bridesmaids. Girls Night definitely stands on its own.

Malcolm Lee takes us on a fun-filled journey of four best friends who have reunited after a 5-year separation. Life has taken each of them in different directions and those current troubles and successes are brought to a head on their trip to New Orleans’ Essence Festival. Veteran actresses Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and the rookie on the squad Tiffany Haddish – who steals the show – brought a raw emotion to each character that allows the jokes to flow effortlessly and make the friendship seem as real as ever.

The reunion does occur due to a major milestone, as is the reasoning for most epic events. Unlike most party movies, the film dives into the backstories of each of the women as they have grown apart. From work related, to family reasons and as well as personal conflicts that at times, we ourselves, may feel are too sensitive to bring to the ones that care for us the most. The film may cater to women, but it is not a chick flick (besides the moment all the women “Wooooo!!”). I will not ruin the surprise, but you will know when it occurs.

The film not only gives us a great vantage point of what may really occur on a “Girls Trip” (fellas you can rest easy), but it shows us the true value of a friend. It reminds us to not forget about those that have always had our back. The film touches on trust, solidarity, living in the moment and staying true to yourself.

The highlight of this film is its ability to show the importance of black sisterhood but also being able to make it relatable and enjoyable across all color and gender lines. Girls Trip encompasses the vulnerability, the ambition, the struggle and the strength within each of the ladies along their journey and how the supporting village around them allows them to be their best and true selves.

SN: Shout out to “Set It Off”, The Big Easy and Grapefruits.

Images Courtesy of IMDB

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