If Dunkirk is one of the best ‘serious’ films I’ve seen in a while, Girls Trip is hands-down the best comedy I’ve seen since Bridget Jones’s Baby. Written by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, the film follows the Flossy Posse, a group of old friends who reunite for a long weekend in New Orleans and chaos ensues.
The posse is made up of Ryan (Regina Hall), who is basically Oprah 2.0 who with her husband (Mike Colter) has set about creating a lifestyle empire which leads her to be invited to speak at Essence Conference in New Orleans; Sasha (Queen Latifah) a former ‘proper’ journalist who now runs a gossip-y celeb news site; Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) a single Mum who has dedicated her life to her kids and Dina (Tiffany Haddish) who has never quite put her partying days behind her. When the perfect image Ryan has been trying to project begins to crumble, the story really kicks into gear.
The film is just genuinely laugh-out-loud funny, with moments that are truly unexpected, frequently delightfully crude with such a lot of heart at the centre. It’s a proper comedy in the sense that one minute you’re crying with laughter, and the next you’re crying at the emotions the characters are feeling.
All four central performances are great; Regina Hall does well at being effectively the straight woman who has to deal with making a choice between being true to herself and pursuing the career she has worked so hard to maintain. The scene-stealing performance belongs to Tiffany Haddish who has most the most outrageous laugh lines (a scene involving a grapefruit was a true killer), but she also manages to give Dina a depth beyond just being ridiculous. In addition, it was great to not only watch a film with black women at the centre, but also one where these women were all older and who had more riding on their choices than a rubbish hangover.
Grab your favourite people and some naughty cinema food and get thee to Girls Trip. You’ll have a great time.