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Review: Girls Trip

Roslyn Hull

When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush. IMDb

It made me blush too!

Not that my cinema cronies would have seen, my hands were covering my face and I may have been slightly screaming with embarrassment at the time … just slightly.

Let’s get the reasons for this out of the way first up. There is peeing. A lot of peeing. And in circumstances that would horrify any woman – but especially those of us who have had babies and may have one or two bladder issues.

I have to admit to looking away for that bit. Unfortunately, I didn’t look away fast enough and can never un-see an old man’s willy pressed against a glass window. Then there was the grapefruit. Don’t ask.

Notwithstanding all of this though, this is one funny movie! Laugh out loud funny, elbow your sister/girlfriend in the ribs funny – the trash talking alone will drop jaws and the attitude? These girls have it in abundance! There are inevitable comparisons to Bridesmaids, and I do think there are similarities, but in the end it is also a joyful, positive experience.

It showcases New Orleans as a party town with fantastic music and, after Katrina, it is a great reminder that this fantastic city is still there, unbroken, and full of zesty party people.

It reminds all of us how important it is to hang on to the friends you’ve known through good and bad. The ones who’ve held back your hair back over a toilet and held your hand in a hospital waiting room. The ones with the foibles that you complain about, but that are also the things you love about them.

And maybe most importantly, the friends who still see you as the firecracker or the Hemingway or the world leader that you thought you were when you were young.

The foursome of friends are all great characters. Jada Pinkett Smith plays a repressed divorced mother who returns to the wild character of her youth; Queen Latifah (love her as a rapper and as an actress) plays a writer who has sold out (and whose hairstyle changes constantly); and Regina Hall plays a younger and (if it is possible) more successful version of Oprah. Her story arc is one I suspect would speak to many women who suppress their desires to follow the lead of their men.

It turns out that the character I liked the least is the one that has stayed with me though.

Played by Tiffany Haddish, she is the loud party girl friend. The one who doesn’t realize the disco ball has stopped turning. The embarrassing one, the one most likely to beat someone else up. But also the one who loves the whole group unreservedly, the one who always has everyone’s back.

Roslyn saw this as a guest of Limelight Cinemas, Tuggeranong.


Ros Hull

Roslyn is a writer and storyteller who loves all things Canberra, her family, sci fi and movies – but not in that order. She has worked in museum education since 2001 and has a passion for imparting knowledge to others. Writing is her happy place, particularly if there is a dog at her feet and a coffee in her hand. More about the Author