Another fan of Haddish's performance, Sandy Cohen of the Associated Press, begins by writing that "if there were such a thing as Comedy Oscars, [Haddish] would win for Girls Trip", comparing her performance to that of Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids.
"Girls Trip" is fairly formulaic, and some of its cruder jokes seem contrived to reach that R rating. It feels very "been there and done that", so it was nice to see a fresh new city. Their agent (Kate Walsh), who insists on awkwardly using street slang, warns Ryan against getting too "turned" over her girls' weekend, lest she jeopardize the deal. She's clearly being set up for a fall. With a megawatt smile, an affirmation for every occasion and a handsome husband by her side (a thankless role, capably handled by Mike Colter), Ryan seems to have it all. "Giving ourselves the license to let go in that way; I think that it's sometimes hard because there is a certain standard that we have to hold that does not allow us to be our complete selves considering our [American] history". Sasha (Queen Latifah), once a promising journalism student, now runs a flailing gossip blog following the years-ago dissolution of a potential business with Ryan. "Her career is just gonna take off". And, girl, is it amusing. It knows the importance of letting its characters and its viewers catch their breath.
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It's not just inclusive; it's downright enveloping.
"'Girls Trip' nails laugh after laugh even amidst - and oftentimes because of - dramatic issues that wouldn't be out of place in a Lifetime movie".
The action, as I sorely neglected to mention, is set in New Orleans during the Essence Music Festival, so the filmmakers can add to the eye candy of the foxy ladies with other celebrities, running the gamut from Common to Mariah Carey, Gabrielle Union, Ne-Yo, and many many others. Director Lee does a solid job of dropping in the celebs in reasonable scenarios, and having the main characters react to them (and sometimes interact with them) in a way that doesn't take us out of the movie. It's R-rated to be sure, but as I say in my video review (click the link above to watch), Girls Trip doesn't fall into any of the traps where other recent female raunchfests like this summer's similar Rough Night landed. Haddish hilariously steals the show where a less talented actress would have drowned in the vulgarity of the script.
Lee, Barris and Oliver previously collaborated on last year's "Barbershop: The Next Cut", which renewed that aging ensemble-comedy franchise with sharp, pointed discussion of guns, gang violence and the fate of black men and women in a post-Obama America.
LA premiere of "Girls Trip" at the Regal LA Live Stadium 14 in Los Angeles, California. "Even though [Girls Trip] stars four African American women, it really is about sisterhood for all women", Smith explained. Isn't "Rough Night" this same movie, only whiter?
Chaos predictably ensues. Absinthe is involved at one point. I'm just learning more about myself and so is he.