'Girls Trip' review: Comedy the female version of 'The Hangover'

Saturday, 22 Jul, 2017

Directed by Malcolm D. Lee, whose unfussy comedies include the Best Man movies and the blaxploitation send-up Undercover Brother, Girls Trip thrives at its most debauched, which is usually when Dina convinces her friends to set aside their better judgment.

Haddish said she went to dinner with the couple one night in New Orleans, and suggested they come with her on a Groupon swamp tour the next day when she and Jada had a day off from shooting the film. In The Hangover, the narrative flows comedically through one character while the rest of them are spending most of their time reacting to what just happened. They find trouble and, here's hoping, their bliss amid oceans of booze and maybe drugs, sometimes in the company of men, who are alternately helpful or hapless. Who else is going to hold your hair back when you have one drink too many? Each character is established into her own with "deft economy", making this flick a "sweet summertime hit", according to Rooney.

Girls Night, which also stars Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh and Mike Colter, is in theaters now.

When Dina is first introduced, via flashback, she's celebrating in the lobby of a women's clinic, because she's been diagnosed with chlamydia, a more treatable STD than she might have feared.

"Girls Trip" is a new spin on raunchy girlfriend movies, filled with gut-bustingly amusing situations.

For Packer, who not only met his wife Heather Hayslett at the Essence Festival years ago but would later propose to her on stage during a subsequent festival, "Girls Trip" is something of a love letter to the event that brings together powerful women, and to the women themselves. The show is stolen by Haddish hilariously where an actress would have been drowned in the script's vulgarity.

The film "Girls Trip" has succeeded in portraying sisterly love on a relatable level, with the characters that are resonating with the viewers. If there were such a thing as Comedy Oscars, she would win for "Girls Trip".

The women in "Girls Trip" are so distinct and well-drawn, they're universally relatable.

For a movie about a group of likable, personable friends, "Girls Trip" couldn't have gotten it better in its casting than what it has here.

Tiffany Haddish has only been in the spotlight for a short time, but she's already well on her way to becoming a national treasure.

On the whole Girls Trip is somewhat uneven; the jokes fly thick and fast but the plot is predictable, and the last fifteen minutes drop most of the comic sensibilities to tie up loose ends. Tiffany Hadish has a smaller role in the story, but she manages to rise above them all with her physical comedy and impeccable delivery. Regardless of your race or gender, you'll be laughing all the way home. She's known for her role on The Carmichael Show and Keanu, but people have never seen her like this. You get a lot of excitement, laughs and an enjoyable experience. We've been patiently waiting (to exhale) since 1995 (when Waiting to Exhale was released) for a handsome group of black female friends who love and support one another, despite all of life's ills, as a plotline in a major motion picture.