Girls Trip

If you think public urination, full frontals and Absinthe escapades are just some of the plot points in the latest ‘Hangover’ movie, think again.

Because all that, good people, is ‘Girls Trip’ (2017).

Starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish, ‘Girls Trip’ is what happens when the “behaving badly” genre goes black, female and fantastic.

Set in New Orleans during the Essence Music Festival, ‘Girls Trip’ tells the story of the Flossy Posse, a four girl clique who’ve grown apart since adulthood threw them babies, divorces and assorted flaming curveballs.

Though the Essence festival is a chance to reconnect and learn hard truths, it’s also an opportunity to relive the wild, inebriated antics of their youth to hilarious effect.

Over the top and with the ensemble cast of dreams, ‘Girls Trip’ wins in its ability to shade in enough backstory and conceive a bevy of varied and vivacious black women while thoroughly convincing audiences of the women’s friendship.

Granted the story is cliché and the weekend away film has been to done to death but in ‘Girls Trip’ the genre seems fresh. With black women rarely appearing as a posse of fun, flawed and anything goes individuals, ‘Girls Trip,’ which is currently killing it at the box office, is exciting, novel and new.

Directed by Malcolm D. Lee with a star-making turn by Tiffany Haddish, “Girls Trip” is an unequivocal go see as an antidote to all that ish about angry black women. Forget the apostrophe, mind the cheating black male chestnut and have a blast.

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