A Girls Trip Leading to a Fall
By Skip Sheffield
Who would have thought a black chick comedy could be so appealing to a whitebread male? As the whitebread male in question I can assure you “Girls Trip” is the funniest thing I have seen in quite some time.
There is unquestionably a cultural divide between black and white Americans. Black people seem looser, freer, less uptight than whites. Director Malcolm D. Lee (“The Best Man” and its sequel) has accentuated those differences ingeniously.
A crew of four writers hatched a plot about four longtime college friends who have a reunion at the Essence Festival in New Orleans. Essence is a slick magazine aimed primarily at African-American women. Ryan Pierce (Regina Hall) is the most successful of the group as author and television personality with her husband Stewart (Mike Colter) Ryan has been invited as the keynote speaker at the Essence Festival. She invited her friends Sasha (Queen Latifa), Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Dina (Tiffany Haddash) along for the ride. Highjinks and mishaps immediately ensue amongst the “Flossy Posse” as they call themselves. Some serious things happen as well.
“Girls Trip” has an unbelievable fairy as aspect to it, but the fun is watching these women going at it in extremely politically non-correct fashion. Let’s just say the language is blue, peppered with N words, F words, C words and MF words. The women utter insults white persons would never be allowed to say. My sense is director gave his powerful women free rein to be as naughty as they wanted to be. They certainly are as funny as we want them to be.