When it’s all said and done, this summer’s biggest surprise might be this raunchy, hilarious comedy that’s sure to be a hit with audiences.
RATING: ★★★ (out of four stars)
You ever watch a trailer for an upcoming comedy and think to yourself, “Well, you can tell they took every good joke in the movie and put them in the trailer?” That’s what I initially thought when I first saw the trailer for Girls Trip; heck, I was initially not even going to attend the press screening but the I figured “Why not?” at the last minute after a colleague convinced me.
And, boy, am I glad he did.
Girls Trip tells the story about a sisterhood reunion during the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans. When four lifelong friends get back together in the Big Easy for this reunion, drinking, dancing, and wild sides that bring out even a brawl or two are rediscovered. The results? Big laughs. And not just occasional ones, big laughs throughout the entire movie.
Headlined by Regina Hall (Think Like a Man), Queen Latifah (Taxi), Jada Pinkett Smith (Collateral), Tiffany Haddish (Keanu), Girls Trip works, thanks to the chemistry among these four lovely ladies. Ensemble comedies are made or broken by their cast and these women, who throw so many one-liners and insults at each other, make it look so easy. Crude and boisterous, Girls Trip offers up some of the funniest moments I’ve seen in a movie so far this year. One scene in particular at a sketchy hotel just about had me in tears.
The highlight of Girls Trip is the character Dina, played by Haddish, who draws the movie’s biggest laughs early and often. Last year, we saw Haddish in a small but memorable role as High-C in the hilarious movie Keanu, but that’s a distant memory in comparison this role. I anticipate her career skyrocketing after the release of this movie and I can’t wait to see what she does next.
Sure, Girls Trip has a familiar story, but I stayed invested in where it was going thanks to the good-heartedness and charm of its lead actresses. And even in the moments when it gets serious, I never felt like looking down at my phone to check the time. And almost immediately after every serious moment, we’re greeted with another uproarious moment that will cause you to miss the dialogue that immediately follows it.
Up until a couple of weeks ago, the comedy offerings at this summer’s box office have been largely underwhelming, particularly Baywatch and The House. Starring A-list actors Dwayne Johnson and Will Ferrell respectively, both of these comedies were inconsistently funny and mostly uneven. And given what we’re used to from both of those talents, it only added to the large void from the comedy genre this summer.
Luckily, though, the comedy genre isn’t completely lost this summer thanks to The Big Sick (which you should absolutely see) and now Girls Trip, a fun, wild ride that I almost entirely dismissed.
And as of now, Girls Trip is this summer’s biggest surprise and one that you should put on your radar.