Synopsis: A group of estranged college best friends reunite for the weekend in New Orleans to rekindle their friendship and calamity ensues.

Thoughts: Get your life together. Minus one bucket. (Tiffany + Me) (Kofi + Me) = Forever.

Conclusion: 4/5 buckets of popcorn

Because Reasons: Girls Trip was directed by Malcolm D. Lee, and penned by writing duo Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver. The raunchy female-driven comedy stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish.

Ryan Pierce, played by Regina Hall, is the better half of a power couple. Ryan has been dubbed the “next Oprah”, and is trying her best to keep her marriage together with her retired NFL philandering husband, Stewart Pierce, played by Mike Colter. With an opportunity to promote her marriage simultaneously closing a very lucrative business deal, Ryan invites her estranged gal pals to New Orleans for the Essence Music Festival to hopefully rekindle their estranged friendship.

Unfortunately, her friends are in different places in their lives. Sasha Franklin, played by Queen Latifah, is dodging bill collectors. Lisa Cooper, played by Jada Pinkett Smith, has lost her identity as a woman to being a helicopter-mom. Dina (no last name), played by Tiffany Haddish, is facing work-place drama albeit she’s unfazed by the possibility of being fired. Nevertheless, the girls end up in New Orleans where they discover a city full of beautiful black men, lively music, tasty regional delicacies, and an amazing ode to black talent at the Essence Music Festival.

While on the trip an undercurrent of resentment between Ryan and Sasha can’t be denied, nor can the philandering ways of Ryan’s husband that is causing Ryan to lie to her fans as well as her dearest friends. Not to mention, a possible love triangle with the one guy who got away from Ryan, Julian Stevens, played by Larenz Tate.

Listen, if you haven’t seen this movie yet. You’re lame. It’s hilarious. Get your life together and see it – get your giggles.

You’re smart, right? So, I’m sure by reading my synopsis or recap you were able to see exactly where the movie was going to go, and see exactly how it’s going to end. Due to the painstaking predictability of this film, I had to take away one popcorn bucket. But! Do not let that deter you from viewing this film.

If you are not the type of person who seeks out diversity in their entertainment, them I’m sure the majority of these cameos and bit roles went completely unnoticed and unappreciated by you. That’s okay though because your diversity adventure has to start somewhere, right? Let that adventure start here. This film is a fun intro into the wonderful world of diversity, because of two beautiful people.

 

 The beautiful Kofi Siriboe, who plays a young lover boy to one of the girls on the trip is reason enough alone. I encourage you all to see Kofi in Queen Sugar or better yet one of my fave indie flicks of 2016, Kicks. BTW, Kofi and I are madly in love, so don’t get any ideas. If beautiful black men aren’t enticing enough, whatever, then perhaps beautiful black women are. 

Tiffany Haddish is not only beautiful, she’s hilarious. This woman will have you in stitches from the moment her first frame is up on the big screen. Tiffany steels absolutely ever single sceneshe is in and is a bona fide star in the making. In case you were wondering, yes,  Tiffany and I are also in love. That’s right  (Tiffany + Me) (Kofi + Me) = Forever. I’m keeping them separate for my own selfish reasons. If that word problem… equation thingie doesn’t add up… whatever – I was a Communications major for a reason.

Guys… just see the movie. It’s funny. It’s diverse. It’s female. Make good life choices – buy the ticket.

What say you?

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