Girls Trip is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee and written by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, from a story by the pair and Erica Rivinoja, who based the script off their own experiences with their female friends.
The film stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, Larenz Tate and Mike Colter, and follows a group of four friends who go to New Orleans to attend the Essence Music Festival in order to reconnect.
The film’s plot follows the story of four lifelong friends on a long-overdue weekend getaway trip to New Orleans for the annual Essence Music Festival. Their sisterhood is rekindled and wild sides are rediscovered, with nights of partying, hook-ups and bad decisions, as well as raw and vulnerable moments that strengthen their bond.
Have you seen Girls Trip yet? If yes, good! You should see it again! If no, here are five reasons you should have seen it yesterday.
1. Hitting $30.4 million in the box office opening weekend, right behind Dunkirk, Girls Trip is the only R-rated comedy this summer that has been such a success (similarly rated Rough Night and The House didn’t do nearly as well, coming in with $19 million and $8.7 million in the box office, respectively). It’s a critical success too, hovering around a 90% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
2. It’s so black. I mean SO BLACK AND FULL OF SO MUCH JOY. I haven’t heard about a black movie so much since Get Out and Hidden Figures, but this time, we’re not fighting for our lives! We’re not dying! We’re not being tortured! WE OUTCHEA AND WE CONTAINING MULTITUDES DAMMIT.
3. It’s directed by Malcolm D. Lee, director of The Best Man (which fun fact: was Regina Hall’s first role) and written by Kenya Barris, writer and creator of black-ish. This shit is so funny and full that two hours flies by. I want at least three more sequels and a series after this.
4. I am 900% sure Sasha and Ryan were dating in college and had a bitter breakup and this is the first time they’re talking in years and I need you to come back to this post after watching to confirm this.
5. This is one of the best portrayals of the Strong Black Woman Syndrome I’ve seen in a long time.