Just so you know — *Do not expect an unbiased review*

Viewing Instructions for “Girls Trip”: Get dressed up. Grab your girlfriends. Go see this movie. Then go out for dinner and drinks to discuss it afterwards. And for extra fun, try to figure out which character you’d all be — or maybe you’re a mixture of several. (I took the quiz on the website and I’m Sasha, my favorite.)

Honestly, I don’t know what else to say other than support this film. I have been anxiously awaiting this movie since I saw the first announcement about it months ago. And when the first trailer hit, I was immediately sold.

In the film, we meet four friends from all different walks of life — Ryan (Regina Hall) is the uber successful author/wife of a former athlete; Sasha (Queen Latifah) is a journalist-turned-gossip queen; Dina (Tiffany Haddish) is the free spirited one and Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) is that calming force that every group needs … just don’t be fooled by her innocent smile.

When life gets in the way and the friends — who affectionately call themselves the Flossy Posse, complete with necklaces — go years without seeing each other, a chance at a weekend of debauchery in New Orleans brings them together. Ryan, asked to be a keynote speaker at the Essence Festival, sees it as an opportunity to bring her girls along and relive their glory days of partying and having fun.

Just about every woman can relate to this premise. As we get older life gets in the way and sometimes you don’t realize how long it’s been since your group all got together in one spot. I enjoyed this movie from beginning to end! No, really, it’s GOOD. And honestly the best moments of the movie involved Tiffany Haddish.

Tiffany is a star in the making, and Hollywood needs to take note! Every single time she was on the screen, I was bent over laughing. Her comedic timing is second to none and she was made for the role of Dina. I truly hope her career takes off after this because it would be well-deserved.

And the rest of the cast? They brought it too. Regina continues to showcase why she deserves to be a leading lady. How she can go from a dramatic scene to making you laugh the next minute is aspirational. And I'm ready for her to garner more lead roles from now on.

Not necessarily a spoiler, but there’s a moment in the film when Queen and Jada’s characters look at each other and give a head nod reminiscent of their turn in “Set It Off.” Needless to say the theater erupted instantaneously.

Friendship is complicated, especially if you’ve been linked for years and years, and this movie does a great job of showing you that. While the ladies are happy to get together and have another romp in the Crescent City during the festival, you can see trouble brewing — from outside forces, as well as within the group. Unresolved issues come to light and situations arise that tests each character and shows what they are made of.

But other than the somewhat heavy situations that occur, this is a fun film! Especially watching with others. The genius of it all is that it was actually filmed during the Essence Festival and during the concert scenes, it felt as if you were truly sitting front row. The cinematography was top notch during those scenes and I’m still scratching my head at how they were able to get this done logistically.

So, make a fun weekend out of it, get into this Black Girl Magic and have a great time!


LaTria Garnigan is the Magazine Coordinator for Cobb Life. She has more than 10 years of experience editing newspapers and magazines. When she's not working, she enjoys trying out new recipes, traveling and binge-watching and live-tweeting TV shows.

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