Producer Will Packer (Ride Along and Think Like a Man franchises, Almost Christmas) presents Girls Trip, a new comedy from director/producer Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man franchise, Barbershop: The Next Cut). When four lifelong friends—Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish—travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. James Lopez, head of motion pictures for Will Packer Productions, and Preston Holmes, executive produce.


Considering it wasn't even on my radar a couple of days ago until a few very positive reviews then piqued my interest, I enjoyed Girls Trip quite a lot.

The story of four former college friends who call themselves the Flossy Posse getting back together after five years to visit New Orleans for the Essence Festival is a fairly standard, raunchy, gross out affair in a similar vein to Bridesmaids and The Hangover. Luckily films such as these succeed or fail on the amount of laughs on offer and Girls Trip has more than enough to ensure it’s the former.

Regina Hall, Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith are all fine as three of the Flossy Posse, though it's the relative unknown Tiffany Haddish who gets most of the laughs as the foul-mouthed and hot-tempered Dina. This could be a similar scene-stealing breakout role to Melissa McCarthy's in Bridesmaids and it's certainly a far cry from her 2006 appearance as Stripper #3 in an episode of It's Always Sunny....

It's not perfect by any means. Some of the gross out stuff is perhaps a little too try hard (a scene involving a zip line over a New Orleans street and a character desperate for the loo getting stuck halfway in particular feels unnecessary) and the tendency towards sentimentality towards the end is a little at odds with the broader comedy which precedes it. It is also just over two hours long which is almost Judd Apatow levels of indulgence but oddly that never bothered me.

US films with largely African American casts tend to get overlooked in the UK but this does seem to be getting a fairly decent release. So hopefully it will find an audience.

By Kevin Knapman

Girls Trip (15)

2h 2m

Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Starring: Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh, Mike Colter, Queen Latifah

UK Release: Friday 28th July 2017

Girls Trip - "I Will End You" Clip

Girls Trip - "Dance Battle At The Bar" Clip