Are you in the mood for a good laugh and some girl power? It’s obvious that squad comedies have gotten a bit boring recently, and there aren’t a lot of them out there. However, 2017 gave us a little-known film called Girls Trip!
This tipsy comedy film follows a group of college friends as they reunite for a weekend which can only be described as – WILD. It’s not the most important movie you will ever see, but it’s a great time and a good way to forget your problems for a little while.
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The Movie Review
Four old friends, Ryan, Sasha, Lisa, and Dina, embark on a wild and hilarious adventure as they head to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. It’s been a while since they’ve all been together and things are about to get crazy as they navigate relationships, past drama, and a bag full of baggage.
Ryan is a successful author and motivational speaker but on the brink of losing it all, Sasha is a struggling gossip blogger, Lisa is a nurturing mother but she’s completely repressed, and Dina… well… Dina is unpredictable.
They come together to support each other in this journey of self-discovery, healing, and partying! New Orleans serves as the perfect setting for their wild and crazy escapades, but as the weekend comes to a close, the friends are forced to confront their past and make some tough decisions about their future. Will their friendship survive the test of time or will they go their separate ways?
Only time (and a lot of rib-hurting comedy) will tell.
The direction of the film is spot on, with Malcolm D. Lee creating a perfect balance between the comedic and the heartfelt moments, making the audience laugh out loud one moment and feel touched the next. The story is well-crafted and relatable, tackling themes of female friendship, personal struggles, and self-discovery in a way that is both entertaining and insightful.
I’ll be honest, the humor in this film does not shy away from using crude humor to great effect. The film’s R-rating allows the writers to push the boundaries and create a unique brand of comedy that is both unapologetic and hilarious.
The crude humor in the film is cleverly written and well-executed, making it an integral part of the film’s comedic tone. The use of crude humor also adds a level of realism to the film, as it reflects the type of language and behavior that one might expect from a group of long-time friends.
The comedy in the film is clever and unexpected, with the talented cast of Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish delivering powerhouse performances that will have you in stitches.
These four have more chemistry between them than I have seen in female-led ensemble comedies of this type. Every single word they say to each other feels natural, it’s like they have truly known each other for that long and have been such good friends for a genuinely long while.
Now, in terms of camera work, I do think that there was a lot of potential here but the film truly misses out on it. The film has some truly standout shots, such as the scenes set in the nightclub, where the lighting is used to great effect, creating a vibrant and exciting atmosphere.
The camera work in those scenes is dynamic and well-choreographed, with great lighting to boot. However, the rest of the film falls a bit short in comparison. Many of the shots are shot in a bland and standard way, lacking the same level of visual flair and energy seen previously.
The cinematography could have been more striking and dynamic throughout the whole film like in Booksmart, but it mainly resembles The Hangover films’ bland and uncharacteristic personality.
The music in Girls Trip is unfortunately one of the weaker elements of the film. While the film’s soundtrack features a number of popular songs, the music is used in a very generic and uninspired way. It fails to add anything to the film’s atmosphere and themes.
The score of the film is quite forgettable, suffering from the common trope in movies of this genre. Many comedies, particularly those that are set around a specific event or location, rely heavily on popular songs to set the tone and create a sense of fun and excitement, and Girls Trip is no exception.
Alright, so in short, Girls Trip is a pretty solid film. The performances by Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish are all hilarious. Malcolm D. Lee does a great job of balancing comedy with emotion in his film.
The story being all about friendship and self-discovery is relatable and enjoyable, not to mention the crude humor is woven in well and adds some realism and spice into the story.
However, the visuals and score could’ve been much better. Even though it’s not the most profound film out there, it’s a great escape and a genuinely fun time.
- The performances by Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish are all a highlight here
- Malcolm D. Lee’s direction is authentic and funny
- The story of the film is well-crafted and relatable
- The crude humor is cleverly written
- The camera work, while having some standout shots, falls short of its full potential
- The music is used in a very generic and uninspired way
- The film does not offer anything new in terms of the genre, it follows the common tropes