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Merecedes on… Movies

If you combine “The Hangover” (2009) and “Bridesmaids” (2011), it still won’t compare to the excitement and quality of Malcolm D. Lee’s “Girls Trip.”

NEW ORLEANS, LA – JUNE 30: Hand fans featuring the cast of the movie Girls Trip are seen during the Essence Music Festival at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on June 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images for Universal)

Starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish, the Flossy Posse head to New Orleans for the Essence Festival after a five-year hiatus. Tension and drinks fly as the women try to enjoy their trip and rekindle their sisterhood.

Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith were already a part of a bad girls group in 1996’s “Set It Off,” which they reference in the film. The best buds reunite after 21 years and manage to gain two new besties. “Girls Trip” reminds us that, regardless of turmoil or disagreements, Black women have an unbreakable bond amongst their closest friends.

This movie is an uplifting, tear-jerking ball of entertainment. On screen, the women mesh so well and create a friendly reminder of what it is like to hang with your girls. Regina Hall is mild-mannered and gorgeous. Queen Latifah is representing for all of the big girls with a tasteful, flaunting wardrobe. Jada Pinkett-Smith puts all other 45-year-olds to shame with her impeccable physique.

But, the newest actress to Hollywood stole the show. Tiffany Haddish is raunchy, cross-the-line funny, and simply effervescent. I couldn’t imagine any other leading actress playing that role. She nailed it.

She is just as comedically-appealing in NBC’s sitcom “The Carmichael Show,” where she plays Nekeisha, the estranged wife of the family’s son. Slightly off topic…but it’s extremely sad that “The Carmichael Show” will not be returning to NBC for a fourth season. But I digress…

“Girls Trip” is a sprinkle of Black Girl Magic, a dash of flavor, and way too many pleasantries to count. The cast is remarkable; an amazing group of women to positively change the narrative about Black women. This film leaves a lasting footprint in the sand of comedy film. I can definitely see a “Girls Trip 2” in the near future.

Shoutout to my own favorite girls; Maisha, Rhonda, Mariah, Rachel, Bianca, Rozlynn, Alin, and Ebony P. Like in the film, these ladies give me the freedom to be myself, the courage to follow my dreams, and the audacity to correct me when I am wrong. With my wedding quickly approaching, I am sure we’ll have our own “Girls Trip” soon.

Ladies, grab your girlfriends for “Girls Trip,” in theaters Friday, July 21.

 

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