Girls Trip stars Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Tiffany Haddish. The four main ladies are best friends, getting together for a brief vacation after some time has passed without them seeing each other. Hall plays Ryan Pierce, an author/TV personality, who brings the gang with her to New Orleans for the Essence Fest as part of her book tour. Hilarity ensues.
A very high percentage of the laughs are attributed to Tiffany Haddish, who's cemented herself as one of the funniest women currently in TV/film. Since starring in Keanu, she's had several roles including Nekeisha on The Carmichael Show (featured here). She is not new to the scene entirely, as her work dates back to 2005. Haddish plays the obnoxiously loud but hilarious Dina. Apparently her character didn't get a last name?
Latifah and Pinkett Smith play Sasha Franklin and Lisa Cooper, respectively. Sasha is head of a celebrity gossip site and Lisa is the goodie two-shoes and only parent of the bunch. The feeling that these women go way back is surely helped by the fact that Set It Off was never too far in the back of my mind while watching. The group's friendship is more or less anchored on these two. They may be the most level-headed of the four.
Most of the movie takes place in New Orleans and, now that I'm thinking about it, there weren't many scenes that strayed away from the story. There were parts that featured OMG moments, sure. Unlike The Hangover, though, the craziness never got to a point where it felt superfluous. There were a few things Dina said/did that made me think to myself, "why are you like this?" Still, those things stayed in stride with her character which was basically the wildcard/loose cannon.
Larenz Tate pops up as a longtime friend of the women. The movie also features Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Kofi Siriboe (Kicks), and Kate Walsh (13 Reasons Why), who plays Ryan's agent. They all do a wonderful job supporting, and Walsh lends a surprising hand to the comedic value.
I really liked Girls Trip. It was genuinely funny. I enjoyed Tiffany Haddish's role, but I hope that she isn't boo-- I mean, pigeon-holed into this character for everything. I'm sure women will get a little more out of it than men, because that's who is geared toward, but I think any(adult)body would have a good time watching. It's a great comedy that rivals the best male films like it.
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Verdict: Should See That