The last few years have seen an upsurge in girls behaving badly movies….. from Bridesmaids to Rough Night and even a return of the original girls behaving badly duo, Patsy and Eddie. While some have been more successful than others, the one thing they all have in common is showcasing breakout female comedic talent in its purest form. Bridesmaids had Melissa McCarthy, Rough Night had Kate McKinnon and so with Girls Trip, may I present to you Ms Tiffany Haddish.
But I am ahead of myself ….
4 lifelong friends have a weekend trip away to New Orleans to support Ryan (Hall), a successful author, as she launches her new book. The friends haven’t all been together for 5 years what with work, life and well…..you know how it is. This weekend is a chance for them all to re-connect and try and sort out their friendships.
Sasha (Queen Latifah) is a once successful gossip blogger who has fallen on hard times while Lisa (Pinkett-Smith) is a recently single helicopter parent/yummy mummy who lives and breathes her children. Then we have Dina (Haddish) who is simply the group problem child. Recently fired, she is out to party hard or die trying.
The lead up to this weekend away is just as funny and endearing as the weekend itself. The laughs start within moments and you know this is gonna be good. Real good.
And it is. Really real good.
Queen Latifah and Pinkett-Smith are as magnificent as ever. Both are solid actresses and their comedic timing is perfection. They bring warmth and charisma to potentially unlikeable characters and you just smile every time they are on screen.
Hall is at the top of her game and, as her character has the widest and steepest story arc, she does not disappoint. As one half of a publicly perfect marriage, a marriage she and her husband Stewart (Colter) have built an entire brand around, she glides through life all elegance and grace but deep down she knows, should there be a slight breeze, her house of cards will crumble around her.
Then there is Haddish, the absolute breakout star of this movie. Dina is an hilariously loose cannon who I feel was given the direction to just let it all hang out. And she does with razor sharp precision that is pee your pants funny. I’m laughing again just thinking about her scenes.
Throw in some hot men and a lot of booze and you have one of the best comedies of recent years. This movie is at the end of its cinema run so if you haven’t seen it yet, go and see it. NOW!
4 ½ stars
Director : Malcolm D. Lee
Starring : Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Kate Walsh,
Running Time : 122 minutes
Release Date : In Cinemas Now
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