‘Girls Trip’ an endearing performance

By Brianna Sheppard
Staff Writer

The box-office hit, “Girls Trip,” is not only making critics laugh, but it’s a breath of fresh air that moviegoers have been waiting to see.

The film takes the notion of black representation in the media to a new level, from the genius of a critically acclaimed all-black film crew consisting of Director Malcolm D. Lee, Producer Will Packer and screenwriters Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver.

Since it premiered on June 14, people have been raving about the hilarious and witty film, as well as the all-star cast of Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and breakout star Tiffany Haddish.

Haddish’s ability to push the envelope and bridge the gap between wise and raunchy with her timeless –– but always on time –– comedy style was both entertaining and refreshing.

The film follows the main character Ryan (Hall) and her three friends Dina, Lisa and Sasha on a trip to New Orleans for the Essence Music Festival to promote her new book that proclaims that women can have it all. Despite her book’s empowering theme, things for Ryan start falling apart when her marriage faces a scandal. She’s left in the hands of her three good friends, coined the “Flossey Posse,” to put the pieces back together.

Now, there are definitely some tearjerker moments and emotional moments in the film, but it never took away from the extremely hilarious plot.

The characters get into all sorts of mischief as they let loose like never before.

The close-knit protagonists learn about the importance of friendship. (YouTube)

From Jada Pinkett-Smith making out with a screen to Queen Latifah going to second base with a lamp –– it was side splitting to say the least.

On the more serious side, it was enlightening to watch the beautiful journey of four friends coming back together to partake in the festivities of the annual Essence Festival to experience womanhood and culture.

“Girls Trip” is an adventure and beyond as they experience fun, fights, bonding and the appreciation of a good support system, which are aspects of our life that we tend to take for granted.

That point is made by the lovely character Ryan when she finally comes clean about her marriage scandal and realizes that her three friends will always have her back.

If you haven’t seen “Girls Trip,” I suggest you make it a point to see it soon.

It’s worth spending the money and having a friend’s night out because it’s an amazing film.

The actresses do a phenomenal job of placing the film in the perspective of black women without a tendency to self-loathe or desperately seek for affection through majority of the film — I’m looking at you Terry McMillan.

But in all seriousness, let’s stop waiting to exhale and finally breathe and live a fun life –– the ultimate message of “Girls Trip.”

I honestly wish it had been longer and when it releases on DVD, I will be sure to purchase it. This film will be a classic. Truly, carefree black girl magic at its finest — and a proud moment for black culture.