Seriously Sarah
by Seriously Sarah

Girls Trip is a summer movie starring Regina Hall as Ryan, Queen Latifah as Sasha, Jada Pinkett Smith as Lisa and Tiffany Haddish as Dina. Fortunately, it’s forever summer in Singapore so this movie will fit in your playlist easily. The estimated production cost was around $19,000,000, which is under what Jada Pinkett Smith’s husband, Will Smith, would have been paid for just an appearance in any movie; yet at this budget, it has many cameos, from P.Diddy to Estelle and even Mariah Carey.

At two hours long, you could watch it while having a road trip from Singapore to Malaysia with your own girlfriends.

Girls Trip is about four friends who had been together since high school and now they’re back again after years of absence. Yep, it’s a reunion of best friends. They even have their own group name called the Flossy Posse.

Rated R, this movie has a lot of sexual innuendos, irresponsible drinking and even mild nudity. The set-up of this girls’ trip? Ryan is a famous author with a famous husband, Stewart (played by Mike Colter), a handsome sportsman that she wanted to show off to her friends. Her plan was to bring her best friends – Dina, a wild aggressive party goer, Lisa, a strict uptight mom and Sasha, a savvy tabloid blogger - to the Essence Fest in New Orleans. At the fest, Ryan would be the keynote speaker about her book “Having it All”.

Of course, from the outside, Ryan looks like she has it all, a good career, a best-selling book and a loyal husband. However, her friends finally learn what had happened during those years that they haven’t been able to catch up with each other and realise that Ryan does not have it at all.

With all these information about her friends, Sasha knows that she could make big money to post this on her tabloid blog especially since she is broke and at the risk of being evicted. Would she sacrifice her friendship to get ahead in life for herself?

Underlying this story of friendship, Girls Trip involves really wacky hijinks, crude humour and a lot of partying in New Orleans as the girls rediscover their youth and themselves. One of their funniest moments are pretty R-rated so I can’t talk much about it, but it means you should watch it to find out. One of these jokes involves a grapefruit. Look out for it.

It took a “low” budget to produce this movie but it did pretty well at the box office because of its story. In fact, Girls Trip is like a Black woman version of The Hangover mixed with Bridesmaids and the friendship of Pitch Perfect. If you want sassy women bringing up and supporting each other instead of putting each other down, this would be an encouraging movie to watch.

The message in Girls Trip is that there is power in rediscovering your own voice if you’ve been afraid of being dependent on someone else even if they are toxic. So it’s a comedy and a feel-good movie. Call up your friends that you haven’t met for a long time and invite them to come over and watch Girls Trip. You’ll have fun together like in the past!

Girls Trip