Girls Trip

By Angie Raphael

3.5 stars

There are moments in Girls Trip that are so funny I was close to tears, but other scenes went too far with the crude humour. Nonetheless, the film certainly has some original gags. For example, I do not recall ever seeing a Hollywood film discuss the sexual act of "grapefruiting" before, although perhaps more sensitive viewers will wish that had remained the case. There are other hit-and-miss moments too. A dance-off and a sequence where the women get their drinks spiked with strong absinthe are entertaining, but a scene involving public urination fails to hit the mark. Unfortunately, the film also offers a mixed message about feminism despite the best intentions.

The Flossy Posse are former college friends including self-help guru Ryan (Regina Hall), celebrity gossip blogger Sasha (Queen Latifah), divorced nurse and mother Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) and aggressive motor-mouth Dina (Tiffany Haddish). They get together for the Essence Festival in New Orleans, but things start to unravel when Ryan is forced to deal with her cheating husband Stewart (Mike Colter). Hall plays the straight character, while Pinkett Smith and Latifah are both very funny, but Haddish has the most outrageous and raunchy lines. Importantly, the friendship between the quartet is believable. Viewers will also enjoy spotting the many performers making cameos in the film including Sean "Diddy" Combs, Common, Mariah Carey and Ne-Yo. For a very simple story though, Girls Trip did not need to have a running time of two hours. That was just sloppy of director Malcolm D. Lee and writers Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver. Nevertheless, Girls Trip is still a fun film to see with a group of friends.