If you're looking for a stellar friendship movie, look no further than Girls Trip. Now, the concept of a ‘friends' based comedy flick is not new. Recent additions to Netflix include Someone Great, Rough Night, Wine Country and Bridesmaids. But honestly, Girls Trip is better than all of them. Though, to be fair, it probably ties with Bridesmaids in the comedy stakes.
It stars Regina Hall (Shaft), Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Queen Latifah and is based on four college friends who go on a weekend to New Orleans. Known as the ‘Flossy Posse', Hall plays Ryan Pierce, a highly successful author and woman who seemingly has it all. Pinkett-Smith plays Lisa Cooper, a recently divorced mum of two who has lost her edge a little. Queen Latifah plays Sasha, an online celebrity gossip columnist. And Tiffany Haddish plays Dina, an impulsive but happy party animal.
When Ryan is offered the chance to be the keynote speaker at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, she takes the opportunity to bring her friends along for the trip. However, things don't go exactly to plan when she discovers that her husband, and business partner, has been having an affair. Clearly not a good thing, but even less so when your brand is based on ‘having it all'.
Things are made worse when it is Sasha who receives the incriminating evidence. Needing the money badly, to avoid eviction, she must decide where her loyalties lay. Throw in some crazy antics from Dina and a repressed Lisa finally dusting off the cobwebs and you have a really funny movie.
That's not to say that it doesn't have its detractors. Girls Trip can be crude in parts, but, and maybe it's just my sense of humour, I found it hilarious. I thought Tiffany Haddish was comedy gold whereas others were not so convinced. I suppose it depends entirely on what you find funny.
What does elevate Girls Trip from just another comedy is the more dramatic side to the film. When your whole life is tethered to one person who betrays you where do you go from there? Hopefully into the welcoming arms of three friends as loyal and funny as Lisa, Dina, and Sasha.