Coming July 21, 2017
Jada Pinkett Smith
I had the privilege and the pleasure of viewing a special screening of Girls Trip at this year’s BlogHer Conference. I expected the movie to be engaging and full of Black girl magic, but I was not prepared for how hilarious it would be. Don’t get me wrong. It looked funny. But y’all. Y’ALL. All the actresses brought their funny, especially Tiffany Haddish.
Let me run this back.
Girls Trip is about four childhood friends who travel to New Orleans for Essence Festival after not hanging with each other for years. You know how it goes. Grown-up life often gets in the way of us spending quality time with our besties. Well, when these ladies get together, it’s like they never missed a beat.
Ryan (played by Regina Hall) is an author and seemingly perfect inspirational, self-help guru. She and her husband, Stewart, do a lot of business together, but he is not abiding by one of their agreements. Once the other girls find out, they make sure they look out for their girl’s best interest.
How fitting was this to be screened at BlogHer when Sasha (played by Queen Latifah) is a gossip blogger who makes a living off of airing celebrities’ dirty laundry?! Sadly, she’s not living that well because the eviction and disconnect notices keep rolling in. She puts on a happy face, though, and saves face by tucking price tags into her clothes. You know, faking it ’til she makes it for real. While on the trip, though, she’s presented with an opportunity to make some much needed money. The question is: Does she capitalize on it at the expense of hurting someone she cares about?
Lisa (played by Jada Pinkett Smith) is a mother of two who is so far removed from the party scene that it’s painful. (More like painfully funny.) The ladies are determined for her to let someone or multiple someones dust away her cobwebs during their trip. They remember the Lisa who would turn up in a heartbeat, and with their help, she remembers, too.
Then there’s Dina (played by Tiffany Haddish). She is ratchet and lovable as hell. If you have a ride-or-die friend, she is most likely that friend’s mirror image. Her language is not for virgin ears, but she says the things that most people wish they were bold enough to say. In short, she is the life of the party – no, of the whole damn trip.
At its core, Girls Trip is a refreshing story of sisterhood and how no matter how long it has been, some bonds cannot be broken. Throw in the plethora of shenanigans, some man candy (Larenz Tate and Kofi Siriboe), and familiar music, and the story becomes more like an experience. When I tell you that at some point all of us in the room were laughing, swooning, and singing like we were being led by a choir director, I’m not lyin’. There were high fives, “Oh, hell nahs,” and “Yasssses” through the entire movie.
Sidebar: My favorite movie of all time is Set it Off. Queen and Jada of course made me remember how much I love the movie, but Tiffany Haddish reminded me (a LOT) of young Vivica A. Fox. It was her appearance that gave me a Vivica vibe sometimes but also some of her mannerisms. Throw in Regina Hall who doesn’t look like Kimberly Elise but was still the more tame of the crew and has a round face like Kimberly… Listen. They gave off a hint of the Set it Off chemistry. I was 100% there for it. There’s a particular scene in the movie during which I said aloud, “Ha! This reminds me of Set it Off.” And what happened next? They acknowledged the moment. I won’t tell you how, but I was extra hyped.
Bottom line? Make sure you go see this movie. It’s for grown folks, so understand it is raunchy, but ridiculously funny, and real. Even though I’ve seen it once, I will definitely go to the theater to see it again. Ladies, gather your girls and get your tickets. Fellas, even though it seems like it would be a girlie movie, you will enjoy it. Can you say “date night?”
Come back next month and tell me what y’all think about it!