Film Review | Girls Trip

Girls Trip is a comedy film that brings the “Flossy Posse” back together who are former college best friends Lisa, Ryan, Dina and Sasha ( Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish and Queen Latifah).

The film follows these ladies as they rekindle their friendship over a rollercoaster weekend at the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans. In amongst the clubs and drunken antics, Girls Trip dives into the good, bad and ugly of friendship, sisterhood and romantic relationships, with more than enough laugh out loud moments in between.

Although Girls Trip is centred around four female characters, their wild weekend isn’t without a few important male characters, namely Malik, Julian and Ryan’s husband Stewart (Kofi Siriboe, Larenz Tate and Mike Colter). These men provide another level of drama and entertainment, and Ryan and Stewart’s rocky marriage sprinkles a little awkward tension into the mix.

The main female actors do a decent job of portraying their characters, but their onscreen chemistry and seemingly natural interactions with each other present a more grounded story. It seems that the real-life friendships of the actors reflect genuinely onscreen, which comes to no surprise when you learn that Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah have been friends off screen for 30 years.

Much of the comedy in the film is driven by non-other than the real life comedienne in the group Tiffany Haddish. With her ridiculously hilarious lines, Dina tends to carry much of the comedy as the other characters are a little more reserved in their humour.

For a New Zealand audience, I wouldn’t shy away from some of the unfamiliar faces on screen. Having been ranked one of the top comedies of 2017, the talent and star quality in Girls Trip is very much there, making it a worthwhile watch.

Originally published for print in Craccum Magazine Issue 19 2017.

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