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Girls Trip (2017)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 21 July 2017 (USA)
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When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Director:

Malcolm D. Lee

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Erica Rivinoja (story by), Kenya Barris (story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Regina Hall ... Ryan Pierce
Queen Latifah ... Sasha Franklin
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Lisa Cooper
Tiffany Haddish ... Dina
Larenz Tate ... Julian Stevens
Mike Colter ... Stewart Pierce
Kate Walsh ... Elizabeth Davelli
Kofi Siriboe ... Malik
Lara Grice ... Bethany
Deborah Ayorinde ... Simone
Janeline Hayes ... Print Reporter (as Janeline Condez Hayes)
Wild Wayne Wild Wayne ... DJ (as Wayne 'Wild Wayne' Benjamin Jr.)
Sunny Hostin ... Sunny Hostin
Nick Mundy ... Tow Truck Driver
Ricky Wayne ... Ted
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Storyline

Four best friends, the "Flossy Posse", have grown distant over the years. When lifestyle guru Ryan Pierce (Regina Hall), who is dubbed "the next Oprah", is offered an opportunity to be the keynote speaker at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, she decides to bring along her friends to turn her work vacation into a girls' trip. Joining Ryan is Sasha (Queen Latifah), an ex-journalist from Time magazine who now owns a floundering gossip site and is struggling financially; Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith), a nurse and uptight mom who has not had a boyfriend since her divorce years earlier; and Dina (Tiffany Haddish), a happy-go-lucky, impulsive party animal who was fired after assaulting a coworker shortly before the trip. While on the trip, Sasha is sent a tip that shows a picture of a black man's head kissing an Instagram model, presumed to be Ryan's husband Stewart. The friends are reluctant to tell Ryan, but when Dina spills the news, Ryan shocks them by telling them she is already ...

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You'll be glad you came

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, pervasive language, brief graphic nudity, and drug material | See all certifications »

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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2017 (USA) See more »

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Girls Trip See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,201,920, 23 July 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$115,108,515, 12 October 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$114,651,938, 20 August 2017
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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During one of the Scenes, The Actor Morris Chestnut is featured he would later go on too play the husband of Regina Hall's (Ryan Pierce) character's husband in the film When The Bough Breaks See more »

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During the short scene at the beginning of the move showing a truck driving in front of the Superdome, the moving truck appears to be "green screened", as you can see through the truck as it passes. See more »

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Sasha Franklin: [watching people zip-lining] That's some white boy shit right there.
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Referenced in All American: Lose Yourself (2018) See more »

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Written by Christopher Petrosino, Robert McCurdy, Jacob Dutton, Kevin Cossom, Diana Gordon, Jaramye Daniels and Illangelo (as Carlo Montagnese)
Performed by Diana Gordon
Courtesy of 4AD
By arrangement with Beggars Group Media Limited
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A Rolicking Ride Through Sisterhood
24 July 2017 | by bkrauser-81-311064See all my reviews

This movie is clearly not meant for me. Watching Girls Trip, I was about as out of my element as a foreign exchange student invited to a Quinceanera. Yet within Girls Trip's raunchy, immature frames lurks the ever present reminder of why I personally love going to the movies. Like any great medium of art, film connect us - it engages with audiences in meaningful ways and ask them to put themselves in the shoes of others. Such it is with Girls Trip a movie that beautifully juggles its ladies-on-the-prowl A-story with black woman empowerment sensibilities to yield a movie that I for one truly latched onto. It's also helps that it's f***ing funny to boot! We're introduced to the "Flossy Posse" via Regina Hall's expository voice-over. There's the rebellious Sasha (Latifah), the troublemaker Dina (Haddish) and den mother Lisa (Pinkett Smith) and of course ambitious queen bee Ryan (Hall), all of whom have drifted in and out of each other's lives since college. After the release of her latest book, and the promise of a talk show co-hosted by Ryan's retired football star husband (Colter), Ryan decides it's time to reconnect with her college friends. Thus they all take a trip to the Big Easy for the annual Essence Festival where, as the trailer suggests, the foursome causes enough trouble to give the guys from The Hangover (2009) a run for their money.

Bawdy, outrageous humor aside, Girls Trip aptly reinforces its themes with easygoing chemistry and solid characterization from all actresses involved. The characters, while obviously exaggerated archetypes, nevertheless feel incredibly real when placed in the all-important context of black sisterhood. Similarly themed films like the middling Rough Night (2017) mined its story elements (and humor) from easy internal conflicts between the characters. Here however the conflicts are largely external - Ryan's marriage becoming the film's focal point while her minor conflict with Sasha is a distant second.

It's a small change but one that yields interesting dynamics and feeds into an empowering unifying theme. It's a theme that feels obvious by the end but remains sincere until the credits roll with the girls constantly cheerleadering and supporting each other through various difficulties. Seeing the verdant possibilities in this, director Malcolm D. Lee injects a fun, easygoing energy into the proceedings. The film wonders through various comedic avenues (granted not all of them great) taking the time to really get to know the characters and bask in their closely-knit bond. And It's clear from all the natural banter that the actors themselves were given an atmosphere to really let loose.

And let loose they do with some of the most shocking, crass and uproariously funny bits I've seen in a movie so far this year. All four do their fair share of outrageous stunts though for her efforts Tiffany Haddish's Dina is almost always consistently on another level. She's the hair-trigger id of the "Flossy Posse;" a loyal one woman force of nature who is a mix between Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids (2011) and Samantha from Sex and the City (1998-2004), turnt to 11 for the purposes of making the Farrelly Brothers blush. All the other actresses involved should win some kind of award for sharing the screen with her and not busting a gut.

Pound for pound, Girls Trip is the funniest movie of the year. It's a foul-mouthed, effortlessly crass tour-de-force of comedy that also has the benefit of being an ode to true friendship. Those who have experienced the bonds of sisterhood firsthand should bring the whole squad to see this hilarious movie. If on the other hand you're outside the prime demographic you should still do yourself a favor and watch it. If for no other reason than you'll never look at a grapefruit the same way again.


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