Sunday, July 30, 2017

Movie Review: Girls Trip

Girls Trip roared into the box office last weekend to the tune of $30 million and my wife and I were glad to be apart of the opening weekend sales cause #BlackMoviesMatter. And while my #1 complaint about Black Hollywood is the lack of new faces, the reunion- based plot of Girls Trip completely defeated my hang up about the usual suspects (Regina Hall, Queen Latifah) in Black lead roles. #GetMoney tho. But Girls Trip did showcase one new(ish) face in Tiffany Haddish stealing the show as "Dina", the crazy friend.

I believe Girls Trip broke its own ground in a new sub-genre of Black comedies with its explicit adult humor a la The Hangover. You truly have something special when your mother is laughing at the peen-on-the-screen with you. This is why Girls Trip stands alone, in spite of color lines.

That said, I can't yet imagine when a group of Black friends and family will watch Girls Trip together outside of a movie theater. Classics like Friday, The 5 Heartbeats, The Wood, The Best Man/Best Man Holiday all have Black family get-together appeal. So while Girls Trip has that appeal, its more adult oriented like the Black classic movies on the opposite side of the spectrum such as Boyz N The Hood, Juice, and New Jack City. See the conundrum? But this is actually a good problem to have because that means producer Will Packer truly did something new.


Disclaimer: Steve is an employee of Turner Broadcasting, a division of Time Warner, however the views expressed in this post are of my own.

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