Girls Trip, Anyone?
It was a few months ago while going to the movies with my bestie, Steph to see that cringe-worthy—should have gone straight to DVD—movie, Unforgettable, where I saw the trailer for the movie, Girls Night. A movie about black women having fun and living life starring Jada Pinkett-Smith and Queen Latifah along with sexual chocolate men? Ticket for one, please. I was filled with a range of emotion such as anxiousness because I am always eager to see a funny comedy and anger that I had to wait a few months to actually see it. Therefore, I had two things to wait for in July: this movie and the dread that I’m an inch away from thirty.
The movie is about best friends Ryan, Sasha, Lisa and Dina who are in for the adventure of a lifetime when they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Along the way, they rekindle their sisterhood and rediscover their wild side by doing enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. I’m not going to lie, after reading the synopsis before actually seeing the movie, I thought it would be a black version of, A Rough Night starring Scarlett Johansson that came out in theaters a few weeks prior. One has to admit that they thought the same thing, too. It wouldn’t be the first time. From The Honeymooners starring Cedric the Entertainer and Gabrielle Union, to Death at a Funeral with Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence, Hollywood always dabbled in replacing white faces with black ones to add a little…flava? I’m not sure, but it appeared as though these two movies were going head-to-head. The plots were similar, but not identical. A Rough Night dealt with a bachelorette party gone wrong, which in itself was like a female version of The Hangover. Dead stripper, drugs, sex…and more drugs? Was Girls Trip the same?
Saturday night came and Steph wanted to make sure that we arrived early because she refused to sit in the front due to her height and her back. I get it. We managed to get our foods and seats (though Steph gave my seat away. Smh) before the crowds started coming in. The theater became so packed, I thought people would have to sit on the steps. By this point, my expectations were high being that my Facebook timeline gave the movie rave reviews and my mother, who is critical about anything and everything ACTUALLY enjoyed it. My aunt raved that she felt like a new woman after seeing it. Well, then.
The movie starts. It begins with introducing the four friends as the “Flossy Posse” in college, describing each of their different personalities. Ryan (Regina Hall) is a successful author and business woman, who alongside of her retired football player husband—Luke Cage himself, Mike Colter—is a force to be reckoned with. Both inspire women that they can “have it all”. HA. Then there is Sasha (Queen Latifah), the Journalism major who worked successfully as journalist for Times Magazine, before creating her own Gossip website. Lisa (Jada Pinkett-Smith) is the wild one, who transformed herself into a doting wife and mother. Then there is Dina (Tiffany Haddish). Dina, Dina, Dina. Dina is the wild card. She is like the black female Charlie of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She is wild, crazy, and unpredictable. The fact that contracting a STD didn’t faze her because it was curable was both hilarious and a downright shame.
Apparently, over the years, things were said, issues weren’t resolved, and people lost touch. I get it. It happens. That’s life. Because of who Ryan is, she was invited to the Essence Fest to speak. This was the perfect opportunity to get the Flossy Posse back together. Each woman had their own issues and maybe spending time with their girls can get their minds off the stress of their everyday lives.
Let me be the first to say that I will not give any spoilers. I feel that takes away from the viewing experience for those who have yet to see the movie. What I will say is that this movie is comedy gold! I was dying with laughter. Tiffany Haddish is indeed a force to be reckoned with. She brings life to the screen and has you anticipating what other funny thing is going to come out of her mouth. Her character, Dina is as real as they come. I definitely felt like I was a bit of a Lisa, a mother with two kids who seems a bit out of touch when it comes to going out and having a good time. I definitely need help with learning how to dress sexy again because sweats are life now and dating seems foreign to me. Sasha was just trying to get by, but still had loyalty to her friends. Ryan was lovable, but was hell-bent on keeping up appearances for everyone; placing on a show of perfection to her readers. I get it. There they were, four different personalities, but were able to remain such great friends. Dina was ready to stab a mofo for her girl. Dudes get stabbed every day, B.
Can we talk about the eye candy, please? We have Mike Colter who is fine like coffee, the ageless Larenz Tate, and the delectable, scrumptious, delicious (I’m very hungry right now, by the way) Kofi Siriboe. When he stepped onto the screen, I almost choked on my slushy. If I were to have died at that moment, I would have died happy. This Adonis is…is…perfection! That wasn’t his arm? Say what? I don’t have anything to risk, but I will definitely find something just so I could risk it all. On top of that sexual chocolate, we have cameos from both Maxwell and Morris Chestnut.
This was indeed a great comedy movie to me, and I am very critical of all genres of film. The pace was neither fast or slow. It remained steady. The actors played their parts and they played them well. All the characters were highly relatable in that we all knew of a friend that was like a Sasha, that was a Lisa or Ryan, and I for damn sure knew of a few Dinas. Have you heard of “grapefruiting”? Well, you’re going to learn today.
The issues that these women face were real, something most of us experienced in our lives or knew of someone who did. It was raunchy, but not that kind that made you scrunch up your nose and frown, but made you almost spit out your overpriced theater food due to laughter. If I didn’t know better, I would have sworn that these four women have been friends for years. This movie displayed black women as carefree, who just loved to have fun and hang out. It makes me wish that I had more female friends to take a girls’ trip with. At least ones who weren’t married so we could do more wild stuff without all the guilt. From golden showers, citrus and fellatio, to friendship, love, and empowerment, Girls Trip was the comedy of the summer. I loved every moment of it. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I advise you to do so now.