Girls Gone Wild meets Jada Pinkett-Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and newcomer Tiffany Haddish a.k.a the “Flossy Posse.” Girls Trip is the perfect balance of fun, comedy, sex, booze, #blackgirlmagic and women empowerment.
The “Flossy Posse” is the dream team you wish you had — girlfriends with friendship necklaces, matching jackets, and everything in between. Entering the theater to see Girls Trip, my expectations were fairly low. I was expecting to have a few laughs at yet another raunchy, female comedy but wanted to see my girls Jada & La. Instead, I ended up crying hysterically in my seat, becoming friends with the people sitting beside me and cheering with the rest of the audience at unexpected and empowering moments that only the Girls Trip cast could pull off.
Meet the “Flossy Posse”:
The film opens with a quick flashback to 1992, when the “Flossy Posse” first meet during college. When time travels forward to the present day, the four women have inevitably gone down different paths in adulthood enduring broken marriages, unfulfilling jobs and economic instability.
In the film, we meet Ryan Pierce, played by the stunning Regina Hall. She is America’s sweetheart and author of the best selling novel You Can Have It All. Ryan and her husband, Stewart [Mike Colter] are portrayed in the film as having the perfect life, which includes the perfect relationship; They’re wealthy business partners, who are in the midst of landing a huge book deal, set up by their agent, Liz [Kate Walsh]. Kate, the surprise of the film in my opinion, is the friend who is single, lonely, and has way too much time on her hands. Liz tries to fit in with “Flossy Posse”, throwing out hysterical one-liners such as, #blackgirlmagic, & “gurl, bye.” Although she can be awkward at times, she’s your favorite kind of comedic relief.
Then, we meet Sasha, [Queen Latifah]. Sasha is a broke gossip blogger, who runs her own website, #SashasSecrets. You can always find Sasha looking for the next story or person to exploit. Next, we’re introduced to Lisa [Jada Pinkett-Smith], a nurse and uptight, divorced mother of two, who still lives at home with her mother and just a tad bit sex-deprived.
Last, but certainly not least, there’s Dina, played by newcomer, Tiffany Haddish. She’s loud, flamboyant, vulgar, wild and extremely unfiltered. You know, the perfect balance of hilarious and inappropriate.
Now that we’ve met everyone, let’s break down what goes down in Girls Trip: Ryan has been invited to be a keynote speaker at Essence Festival in New Orleans and she invites her three best friends for a luxurious weekend away and, of course, an epic college reunion. The ladies venture out into New Orleans and when I say venture, I mean venture… [ like ziplining across a busy street, etc etc]. Not to mention there are electrifying performances by Ne-Yo, Common, Diddy and Mariah Carey. Let’s just say the party on screen is one you’ll be desperate to join.
The Flossy Posse’s wild weekend comes to an abrupt halt when Sasha receives a text message including a paparazzi photo of Ryan’s husband, Stewart with another woman. When the group shows the photo to Ryan she admits she is actually aware of Stewart’s infidelity, and claims that it’s all in the past. However, it turns out the photo was taken just one day prior. Ryan insists they drop the cheating discussion, and continue on with their wild weekend. So, that’s exactly what they do until the woman in the photo — an Instagram model named Simone [Deborah Ayorinde] — shows up at the festival with every intention of ruining Stewart and Ryan’s big book deal and making Ryan’s weekend hell. And, you better believe the “Flossy Posse” has Ryan’s back.
The film, while first and foremost a comedy, also speaks to the reality of painful situations that real woman face: losing touch with close friends after college, facing infidelity and so much more. It depicts so many real life situations that people go through — From the lack of alcohol tolerance after college; getting into debt, feeling competitive with friends; staying in broken relationships & the challenge of always be honest with yourself.
The “Flossy Posse” love and hate each other, like sisters. They agree to disagree. But, in the end, they are fiercely loyal to each other and have an unbreakable bond. Vulnerable moments, strategically placed into the film and played out so perfectly by Queen Latifah and Regina Hall, will give you ALL the feels and make you root for their friendship and maybe a few lost ones of your own.
Girls Trip has everything a girl’s trip should have — late night bootycalls, bar fights, girl talk, epic dance battles, men you can’t have, way too strong drinks, and uh, grapefruit?
Whether you’re looking for a good laugh, a good cry or to be reminded about the strength of girl power, Girls Trip is a must-see. Oh, and @FlossyPosse, where can we sign up?
Disclaimer: Aggressive nudity, vulgarity, extreme sexual content, & one hell of a good time.
HollywoodLifers, are you going to see Girls Trip this weekend?!