“Girls Trip”–a movie review   Leave a comment

“Girls Trip” is rated R, justifiably, for “crude and sexual content throughout, pervasive language, brief graphic nudity and drug material”. After 30 minutes, watching that women can be as stupid, crass and vulgar as men, I was ready to walk BUT I am so glad I didn’t!

There is one of the funniest scenes I have seen in a comedy in decades and without giving too much away it involves Tiffany Haddish (as Dina,) half a grapefruit with the end cut off and a hole in the middle plus a banana! Yes it is crude, sort of adds to a stereotype about Black men but Haddish will be remembered for years just as the scene in “There’s Something About Mary” with Cameron Diaz and ‘hair gel’.

On the other hand there is a urination scene that puts any men have done on film to shame and debases the women and then repeat it even though it is so fake.

The main thing going for “Girls Trip” is the feeling you get that the 4 leads; Haddish, Regina Hall (Ryan), Queen Latifah (Sasha) and Jada Pinkett Smith (Lisa) have truly been friends since high school and all have problems to be dealt with which they eventually do. Regarding the latter there is a touching scene that eventually got the Black women in the audience to cheer, shout at the screen and laugh.

For each woman there is a man with the pairing of Lisa and Malik (Kofi Siriboe) with the latter, unknowingly, responsible for the grapefruit scene and demonstrating it, against his will, in a later scene while very successful Ryan is married to very successful hunky looking guy, Stewart, (Mike Colter) though Sasha’s ‘man’ happens to be a lamp—sorry, you will have to see it—while Dina will go after any male who is breathing! Julian (Larenz Tate) is a guy who has been friends with the women since childhood and, obviously, is in love with Ryan.

While there are many cameos including Common, Sean Combs, Mike Epps among them, both Deborah Ayorinde as the fierce ‘other woman’ and Kate Walsh, as a stereotyped White woman, stand out.

Yes the ladies get drunk, take a ‘trip’ on 200-year-old absinthe, do and say absurd, ‘dirty’ things, have a dance-off concentrating on the booties and breasts but you just know the actresses are having fun showing actors how to do it!

I must add having a large group of Black women in the audience added to enjoying the movie though I must add I observed a Black man with his wife(?) was not enjoying himself one bit!

I would say you could miss the first 30 minutes of this 2 hour and 2 minute movie but I don’t remember at what point the grapefruit scene takes place and you shouldn’t miss that scene as crude and gross as it may be.

“Girls Trip” is a movie to relax, laugh, enjoy and watch how women can be there for each other unlike men.

“Girls Trip movie trailer”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exGKVvTbdE0

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