Girl’s jour­ney of out­ra­geous fun

Jada Pin­kett Smith stars in this movie about besties re­unit­ing

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WHEN the trailer fea­tures Jada Pin­kett Smith ex­plo­sively pee­ing while sus­pended by har­ness in the air over rev­ellers on New Or­leans’ busy Bour­bon St, you should have a pretty clear idea of what you’re in for.

If there’s one thing you should do go­ing into Girls Trip, it’s this: leave all no­tions of shame and pro­pri­ety at the door. To really en­joy this movie, you need to sur­ren­der your­self to it. There’s no deco­rum to be found here.

What there is is a whole lotta bonkers, out­ra­geous fun with a sur­pris­ingly gooey cen­tre.

Tak­ing the age-old for­mula of al­most-mid­dle-aged col­lege besties re­unit­ing for a week­end of par­ty­ing, Girls Trip ramps it up a notch by say­ing, un­apolo­get­i­cally, women can do this bet­ter than men.

Ryan (Regina Hall), a lauded au­thor and me­dia per­son­al­ity, is in­vited to be the key­note speaker at the an­nual Essence Mu­sic

Fes­ti­val, a “cel­e­bra­tion of black wom­an­hood”.

Ryan de­cides it’s the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to gather her friends, the Flossy Posse, for a week­end of de­bauch­ery and bonding.

It’s been years since ev­ery­one was to­gether and not every friend­ship is on solid ground, es­pe­cially Ryan and gos­sip blog­ger Sasha (Queen Lat­i­fah).

Round­ing out the crew are Lisa (Pin­kett Smith), a di­vorced mum-of-two who’s for­got­ten how to let loose, and Dina (scene stealer Tif­fany Had­dish).

Dina is like that ob­nox­ious friend of your part­ner’s that never grew up.

You tol­er­ate that friend, in small doses, be­cause some­times they’re good for a laugh and they make your part­ner feel con­nected to their youth­ful fol­lies. But we all know that friend is the very def­i­ni­tion of “too much”. That’s Dina.

She’s loud, un­abashedly crass and pro­vides the most ri­otous com­edy of Girls Trip (“it’s your booty hole!”), in­clud­ing a graphic oral demon­stra­tion with a grape­fruit and a ba­nana. Fathers, lock up your fruit bowls.

The dy­nam­ics are be­liev­able, es­pe­cially the strained friend­ship be­tween Ryan and Sasha and how not com­mu­ni­cat­ing can tear peo­ple apart.

And it also ef­fec­tively deals with the pres­sures so­ci­ety put on women and women on them­selves.

More than that, its cen­tral mes­sage is one of dig­nity.

Yes, the movie with the ab­sinthe-fu­elled hal­lu­cino­genic trip is about self-re­spect. It’s not what you ex­pected but it was cer­tainly wel­comed.

What there is is a whole lotta bonkers, out­ra­geous fun with a sur­pris­ingly gooey cen­tre.

PHOTO: MICHELE K. SHORT

HOLD ON FOR THE RIDE: Regina Hall, Tif­fany Had­dish, Jada Pin­kett Smith and Queen Lat­i­fah in a scene from the movie Girls Trip.

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