5/5* Siobhan Divers | Shiv’s Show
Dir: Malcolm D. Lee
Starring: Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Mike Colter, Kate Walsh.
Girls Trip is a heartwarming comedy depicting the importance of female friendship through an insight into the lives of friends hoping to reconnect.
Known as the ‘Flossy Posse’, the estranged group of friends: Ryan Pierce (Regina Hall), Lisa Cooper (Jada Pinkett Smith), Sasha Franklin (Queen Latifah) and Dina (Tiffany Haddish) organise a trip when main character Ryan is offered an opportunity to be the keynote speaker at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.
Released shortly after Rough Night and slightly before A Bad Mom’s Christmas, Girls Trip joins a number of all-female films celebrating women and the female identity.
An evidently modern holiday-film, Girls Trip features full-frontal male nudity, a hilarious scene of absinthe-induced hallucinations and filthy humour throughout.
While the last few years have produced successful female-centered comedies, Girls Trip acts as a refreshing modern take on the all-male, bachelor-style road-trip film showing that women can have just as fun as single (usually white) men. In one scene after a considerable amount of alcohol, the group agree to zipline from one building to another with Sasha saying: “fuck it, I’m white boy wasted anyway”.
Showcasing the success and personalities of career-driven women with children, the film highlights that women are capable of having as much fun as men.
Like other post-feminist comedies, from the beginning, there is reference to the idea of women having it all. Yet shortly after Ryan says she “can have it all” during an interview, it is revealed that her husband is cheating on her suggesting that this is not the case. This is not unlike other post-feminist television shows and films such as Sex and the City and Bridget Jones Diary which reach similar conclusions.
Despite this, with four independent female lead characters, Girls Trip is a celebration of womenhood and the female identity with Ryan later recognising that she does not need a man in order to have it all: “my girls are my constant”.
In addition to the compelling storyline, the chemistry between the main characters is something that cannot be written, allowing the audience to be included as part of their closeknit family of friends.
More than just a comedy, Girls Trip is a salute to independent women and a recognition of the importace of female friendships.
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