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Sisterhood & Laughter, A Deep Dive into 'Girls Trip'
Dive into the comedic brilliance of "Girls Trip" as we explore the perfect blend of humor, friendship, and stellar performances that set it apart in 2017's cinematic landscape.
Migal Ungale
5 min read

Girls Trip

The Essence of Lifelong Friendship

Nestled in the heart of the 90s, the “Flossy Posse” – a vibrant quartet of women – have weathered life’s many storms together. Their bond, like vintage wine, has only grown richer over time. Yet, as life's tides ebb and flow, their trajectories have diverged. Dina, portrayed by the effervescent Tiffany Haddish, is the wild child who never quite grew up, grappling with recent unemployment. Lisa Cooper, played by Jada Pinkett Smith, embodies the cautious spirit, navigating single motherhood while suppressing her adventurous side. Sasha Franklin, brought to life by the incomparable Queen Latifah, once thrived as a promising journalist but now finds herself dwindling as a gossip blogger. Lastly, we have Ryan Pierce, depicted by Regina Hall, who stands at the precipice of stardom, her self-help brand shimmering with potential. As their paths converge in New Orleans, their collective baggage unfolds amidst revelry and rediscovery.

Girls Trip

Hollywood’s Comedic Landscape in 2017

2017 presented a cinematic roller-coaster, from exhilarating highs with films like “Dunkirk” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming” to plummeting lows with the likes of “Alien: Covenant.” But when it came to comedy, it seemed a desert, parched of genuine laughter. “Baywatch”, “Rough Night”, and “The House” all promised a comedic oasis, but each turned out to be a mirage. Amidst this backdrop, “Girls Trip” emerged, almost under the radar for many, including myself. But when I eventually watched it, the film not only quenched my thirst for laughter but also surpassed many of its 2017 comedic contemporaries.

Girls Trip

Synchronized Chaos-Directorial Mastery

Director Malcolm D. Lee, the mind behind classics like “Barbershop: The Next Cut,” presents a story reminiscent of “Rough Night” but with a twist of authenticity. It’s filled with audacious R-rated humor that feels both raw and genuine. However, what truly distinguishes “Girls Trip” from its contemporaries is its soul. Amidst the cacophony of raunchy jokes, Lee manages to interlace poignant moments, delving into the complexities of friendship, love, and self-worth. This delicate balance of humor and depth sets the film apart.

Girls Trip

The Fabulous Foursome

The allure of “Girls Trip” is undeniably rooted in its stellar cast. Tiffany Haddish, as Dina, is a hurricane of hilarity, stealing scenes with her impeccable timing. Jada Pinkett Smith brings both vulnerability and comedic brilliance, showcasing a range rarely seen in such films. Regina Hall and Queen Latifah, meanwhile, anchor the film with their nuanced performances, adding gravitas and grounding to the story. Their collective chemistry feels genuine, making the audience invest emotionally in the Flossy Posse's journey.

Girls Trip

Critic’s Minor Reservations

While “Girls Trip” is a delightful jaunt, it's not devoid of flaws. Its runtime, slightly over two hours, feels indulgent at points. Some sequences, though entertaining, could be nipped for a crisper narrative. The predictability of the plot may not surprise seasoned movie-goers, but its execution certainly compensates.

Girls Trip

Contemporary Comedy-A Search for Identity

In today's digitized era, where meme culture and short video platforms dominate the humor narrative, feature-length comedies face the challenge of sustaining audience interest. They no longer just compete with other films, but with an entire internet ecosystem bursting with bite-sized humor. This evolution necessitates a fresh approach. Comedies today need to offer more than just laughs; they require a heart, a message, or a fresh perspective that resonates on a deeper level.

"Girls Trip" exemplifies this approach. While it doesn't shy away from raucous humor, it also delves deep into the intricacies of friendship and personal growth. This combination is precisely what the modern audience craves - a comedy that makes them laugh while also making them feel.

Girls Trip

A Demand for Authenticity

Modern audiences, equipped with vast information and exposed to diverse global content, have become more discerning. They crave authenticity and can easily discern between content that's genuine versus that which is manufactured. The success of movies like "Girls Trip" and the lukewarm reception of other formulaic comedies can be attributed to this growing demand for genuine narratives.

The beauty of "Girls Trip" lies not just in its humor, but in its relatability. The bond of the Flossy Posse, their individual struggles, and their journey of rediscovery echo the sentiments of many viewers. It's not just about the laughter, but also the tears, the nostalgia, and the shared experiences that resonate deeply. This is where the modern comedy genre needs to tread - a space that's not just funny but also real.

Girls Trip

“Girls Trip” is a joyous celebration of friendship, humor, and rediscovery. While it doesn’t redefine the comedy genre, it breathes fresh air into it, and for that alone, it stands tall among 2017's comedic offerings. As the year progresses, with films like “Bad Moms Christmas” on the horizon, only time will tell if “Girls Trip” retains its comedic crown. But for now, it remains a journey worth embarking upon, promising laughter, tears, and memories to cherish.

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