Girls Trip - Movie Review

I'll skip the premise of the movie, except to say “the girls” once inseparable have drifted apart and they get back together for a trip to New Orleans. It's been out for a couple of weeks now, so I will assume you know the rest of the setup. Girls Trip was not on my radar, in terms of watching the movie or writing a review, but someone wanted to know my take on the film. 

Black Talent

I was pleased to see Kenya Barris’ name in the credits as a co-creator of the story and screenplay. Kenya is the creator and (along with Anthony Anderson) the executive producer of the ABC comedy Black-ish, which is hella funny, interweaving historical facts and addresses topics relevant to Blacks today. To have a talent such as Kenya involved with a movie project is an excellent thing.

All that know me or have read my blog know that I am unapologetically pro-black intellect, images, creativity, and stories, so this review of Girls Trip is more about my observations of black women and relationships than a critique on the pace, plot, and acting.

The four main characters are people we all know

The homely friend whose life revolves around her kids. Her approach to life as an adult is a total transformation of personality and a closing off of self. The struggling friend who is faking success and living a life she cannot afford. There’s the successful career woman, who has lost her self-respect, spellbound by a philandering husband. And finally the wild/crazy/loud one. The "realist" friend in the bunch. The interplay of these four ladies was quite good and to some degree true to life. 

The relationships we as women have with each other goes deep, it's nuanced and multifaceted. There are times (to keep the peace) we hold our tongues, others when we are the mouthpiece for each other. We are often cheerleaders, truthbearers, and wingmen; not because we always want to be, but because that’s what our friends need. In this regard, I believe the movie accurately captured the girlfriend dynamic.

On par with Bridesmaids and The Hangover

There were some outrageous scenes in this film too. These scenes shock and embarrass you while also making you laugh. I hate seeing us employ lowbrow humor just to get a laugh, but I understand in the context of this movie how it fits into the story – the debauchery of Bourbon Street, alcohol and drugs, and the rediscovery of sexuality. More than anything the story was held together by the desire to continue these personal relationships in spite of the different personalities. There is a celebration of friendship, and finding the strength to live intentionally and truthfully.

Overall

I enjoyed the movie and the transformation of the individual characters and their relationships with one another. The clearing of the air which occurs toward the end of the film is what finally allows them to move forward personally and as a support system for each other. Do not expect any Oscar nominations nor are we advancing any agenda. It's not that kind of movie, but it is worth seeing. Just know some scenes will make you shake your head, if not cover your eyes.