There has been much-acclaimed hype around the new chick flick ‘Girls Trip’. Released on the 21st of July, it finally made its way to UK cinemas on the 26th of July. That same day, (26th of July), I decided to join other raring fans to see this wild movie on the big screen. The hype has been that big, that when I went to book my tickets it was sold out. I, therefore, had to wait 40 minutes to catch the next screening.
Once I had collected my tickets and my snacks (a medium salt & sweet popcorn & medium sized cola), I proceeded to screen 7, where the film was being screened. Since I went by myself, I initially felt very weird and uncomfortable. Although I’ve taken solo trips to restaurants before, I’ve never headed out to the cinema solo before.
So it was a new experience for me.
The film stars Regina Hall as Ryan, Queen Latifah as Sasha, Jada Pinkett-Smith as Lisa and Tiffany Haddish as Dina. A group of friends, also known as the ‘Flossy Possy’ who through the years have managed to see each other but as time went by the all drifted apart. Regina a.k.a. Ryan who is now a big shot author/entrepreneur decides to round up the girls for a trip to Essence Fest.
The girls trip to Essence Fest becomes a 48-hour wild fest.
Since many people may not have watched it, I’ll be mindful and TRY not to spoil it for those who have not yet watched it. So I’ll be keeping it very minimal.
Who were your favourite characters?
My favourite character by far was Dina played by the breakout star Tiffany Haddish. She gave the film life, and laughter which was very much needed in this film. I think we all have a friend that has similar characteristics as Dina, and if you don’t have a friend like that, maybe YOU are the friend!
Kofi Siriboe who played Malik, Lisa’s love interest was also made great eye candy, but that’s as far as I can say.
Who were your least favourite characters?
My least favourite character was Mike Colter who played Stewart Pierce (Ryan’s Husband), simply because he played the ‘Men are trash’ narrative. I also found Kate Walsh who plays Elizabeth Davelli and is Ryan’s manager, slightly annoying. I felt that her screenplay was a little over-dramatised.
What did you like about the film?
I really want to say everything! But, I do have specific scenes that I did enjoy. I certainly enjoyed the scenes between Kofi Siriboe and Jada Pinkett-Smith, which is full of sauce. Well, several scenes were full of sauce. I also enjoyed seeing Regina who plays Ryan, live that executive lifestyle, and standing up to her husband, who played the ‘men are trash’ narrative.
Overall, I enjoyed seeing four amazing women, meet-up and go on a wild expedition. It was also great to see an all black cast, which was FEMALE LED! It just goes to shows black women are breaking barriers. It’s very empowering to see black women succeed and kill the box office.
Dina using the ‘grapefruit’ technique. I’ll leave it there.