Magazine article Variety

Girls Trip

Magazine article Variety

Girls Trip

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FILM REVIEW

Girls Trip

Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Starring: Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah

Move over, Tyler Perry. Let "Girls Trip" director Malcolm D. Lee show you how it's done. In what could easily prove to be the summer's word-of-mouth comedy sensation, Lee sends four black women - AKA the "Flossy Posse" - on a long-overdue weekend getaway, where "Madea's Class Reunion" meets "The Hangover" for a raunchy mix of empowerment and intoxication at Essence Fest, New Orleans. Get ready for girl fighting, male nudity, multiple self-help lessons, an impromptu prayer session and not one but two musical numbers - all of it so consistently outrageous that audiences shouldn't even miss the absence of a cross-dressing black lady "Girls Trip" has something for everyone old enough to see a hard-R-rated comedy - provided they're not easily offended by an explicit demonstration of the "grape-fruit technique." The movie's equal-opportunity irreverence makes a welcome addition to the traditionally frat-boy-oriented bachelor-party genre.

When best-selling author Ryan Pierce (Regina Hall) is invited to give a keynote speech at Essence Fest, she uses the opportunity to reunite her gang of college friends, whom she hasn't seen in five years. Like a Michelle Obama-elegant version of Oprah Winfrey, Ryan has published a book called "You Can Have It All," pointing to her marriage to football star Stewart (Mike Colter) as evidence that she's living the dream. …

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