review by Bobby Blakey
I love a good R rated comedy, but sadly most of the time they never fully take advantage of it, especially with a decent cast. This year we already got Rough Night that was decent enough, but failed to fully hit its mark. The next one hoping to have more to offer is Girl’s Trip starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, and Mike Colter with The Best Man director Malcolm D. Lee at the helm, but does it offer up the laughs the trailer promised or is it a posse not worth getting back together?
Girl’s Trip follows four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, where sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there's enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. It becomes very clear right out of the gate that they are planning to fully take advantage of the R rating this time around and they do. The story here isn’t breaking down any walls in the comedy genre and plays around in familiar territory, but the thanks to this great cast of ladies it makes it feel like something new. All of the cast do a great job with their roles with Tiffany Haddish really stealing the show. I was already a fan of hers from The Carmichael Show, but here she takes it to anotherbreakout level similar to that of Melissa McCarthy in Bridemaids. Obviously they are to different characters and Haddish is way more in and believable and offers the most laughs to the entire film.
The rest of the cast all have great chemistry and do their characters justice which brings the much needed bond that they have to have for you to buy into this story. It is clear these ladies are having a blast and it comes across on the screen. There are some jokes that fall a bit flat and feel forced, but that is the norm for almost any comedy. The predictability of where it is heading might lose some, but the journey to get there is a damn fun ride.
This will not be a film for everyone as it gets pretty nasty at times and some of the humor is an acquired taste including a laugh out loud moment involving a zip line that had me laughing harder than anything else. I didn’t expect much going into this film, but came out enjoying it way more than I expected to. IF you are looking for a fun R rated flick then this one is one of the better ones to come a long in some time.
In addition to the film this release also includes bonus content including commentary, outrageous moments, featurettes, and extended performance from Ne-Yo and unrated deleted scenes and outtakes. Join in on the fun when Girsl Trip hits Blu-ray and DVD on October 17th and available now on Digital HD from Universal Home Entertainment.