On July 21st Girl’s Trip hit theaters and after just one weekend it was number two at the Box Office behind Dunkirk. Most people (including me) were shocked to find this out especially after Rough Night, which had a somewhat similar premise, tanked at the box office and left big theaters quickly. And upon seeing it, I now know why it was so popular in the box office; it’s one of the best movies of the year so far.

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Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish star in the film as women who have been friends since college when they were wild party girls who called themselves the Flossy Posse. 2017 finds them having not hung out with each other for five years. Ryan (Hall) has a successful book called You Can Have it All (although we come to find out that she doesn’t) that she promotes with her husband Stewart (Mike Colter). Sasha (Latifah) is utilizing her journalism degree by running a gossip website about celebrities. Dina (Haddish) has just been “fired” for assaulting a coworker. And Lisa (Smith) is a single, over protective mother of two who seems to forgotten how to have fun and be wild.

They get together for a trip to New Orleans for the Essence Festival and chaos ensues. Which includes heavy drinking, adultery, brawling and an unfortunate zip lining adventure.

So why is this one of the best movies released this year thus far? This movie has laughs for days, heart and an incredible message about accepting nothing less than what you deserve for yourself.

It’s also bursting with black culture with the celebration of black women and having a predominantly black cast. As a black woman I felt a sense of empowerment watching this film. These are four beautiful, funny, and charming black women who are dealing with real life issues. It’s in no way sugar-coated and only slightly exaggerated. Relating to the characters is incredibly easy.

It’s also the most fun I’ve seen in awhile. Laughter filled the theater basically every time Tiffany Haddish opened her mouth. Her character is so wild and real and people cannot stop talking about her explosive personality, both on and off the screen.

All four women have the most amazing chemistry as though they have actually been friends since college and you completely believe they are the Flossy Posse. They vibe off of each other so well and make you want call up your best friends and let them know how much you love and appreciate them.

On top of all of that, the story line is actually impressive. It’s cohesive, well written, and doesn’t rely on too much exposition to let the audience know what’s going on and where the story is going. Narration isn’t over used and it’s the perfect way to both introduce and end the movie. You’ll want to cheer when the credits start rolling and possibly even see it again!

 

Dechelle Conway covers Entertainment for MFST and you can follow her on Twitter @Dashellllll

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