SAN ANTONIO – As the 2017 summer movie season winds to a close, moviegoers have been waiting for a breakout comedy hit to enjoy this year.
Previous attempts such as "Baywatch" and "Rough Night" fell flat with audiences while failing to meet expectations. Will Universal Pictures' comedy "Girls Trip" experience a similar fate?
If early reaction is any indication, "Girls Trip" may just separate itself from the rest. The film offers the perfect blend of an adult comedy that also highlights female friendships.
"Girls Trip" is about four college friends (the Flossy Posse) played by Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and newcomer Tiffany Haddish who look to reunite at the Essence Festival in New Orleans following a long absence.
When up-and-coming self-help specialist Ryan gets selected to give the keynote speech at the festival she invites her former best friend Sasha as well as her two other friends Lisa, a divorced mother of two, and Dina, who is always is the life of the party.
Issues arise at the event however when Ryan's husband and retired football star Stuart gets caught cheating, as the pair have created a lucrative public persona. Ryan worries that the paparazzi will get their hands on a photo that could ruin it all.
Director Malcolm D. Lee does an excellent job of bringing the R-rated laughs all the way through. Despite a longer than expected run-time and some cheesy transitions, the movie allows all four actresses to showcase their comedic abilities. It's Tiffany Haddish however that routinely steals the show, especially with one particular scene involving a grapefruit.
The movie will resonate with all audiences. Men too will enjoy it. Expect everything from crude language, to both sexual and drug references, public urination, bar fights as well as full-frontal male nudity.
Recognizable names Mariah Carey, Diddy, Maxwell, Ava DuVernay, Terry McMillan, Morris Chestnut, Faith Evans, Common, and many others all make cameo appearances.
Rotten Tomatoes has the film opening with an approval rating of 88%. Early projections see the movie making $17 million in its first weekend.
"Girls Trip," is 2 hours and 2 minutes and is rated R. It opens nation wide on July 21.
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