Get on board for a filthy, funny trip
culture. And it reminds us, forcefully and hilariously, that great comedy nearly always comes from a place of great anger and insecurity.
Newcomer Tiffany Haddish in particular strips the paint off the walls in a couple of scenes. Up against her far better-known and more-established co-stars, Haddish threatens to run off with every scene she’s in. In a film full of nearhousehold names, it’s the newbie who slays the old guard, again.
Girls Trip is everything you want out of an R16 buddy-reunion movie. It is truly funny, touching when it needs to be, relentlessly filthy and gleefully puerile at times. But it is also something more. There is a point being made here about the reclamation and normalisation of black voices and women’s voices within a genre that has been the preserve of the ‘‘dudes’’ for far too long.
I said about Bridesmaids that it was more than just a wildly successful film, it was a modestly triumphant one. The same applies to Girls Trip I reckon, but even more so. – Graeme Tuckett
Girls Trip is The Hangover, Bridesmaids and a dozen lesser films right down to its chassis. It’s also an assault on a truck load of assumptions about gender and race. Newcomer Tiffany Haddish in particular strips the paint off the walls in a couple of scenes.