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GIRLS TRIP (2017): The Thing I Like

Girls Trip (2017), Regina King, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish
Girls Trip (2017), Regina King, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish

Girls Trip is a Michael D. Lee (The Best Man Holiday (2013) directed comedy about lifelong friends getting together, in New Orleans for a fun-filled few days after several years apart. 

The film’s main stars Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish all got to shine in their respective roles. However, as everyone has been saying, it is indeed Haddish who absolutely stole the show with her loyal and rather ‘out there’ character – thanks no doubt to her impressive comic timing and delivery.

Girls Trip features a healthy amount of outrageous fun to keep you engaged. As hilarious as it all was, what I loved most about this movie is the way the story of love and general sisterhood between the four friends is handled. A sisterhood enriched with a certain level of realism, particularly in regards to the relationship between Latifah and Hall’s characters, that I wasn’t expecting.

I liked that New Orleans was the setting for this story, if only because it reminded me that I need to make it to that place on day. The setting and the music also had me thinking of Chef (2014), a movie I love and recommend, not just because part of it is also set in New Orleans.

Watch Girls Trip because there’s truth in all the positive feedback. 

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GIRLS TRIP (2017): New Trailer For Comedy Starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall…

Girls Trip (2017), Tiffany Haddish, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith
Girls Trip (2017), Tiffany Haddish, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith

Girls Trip is the latest movie from Malcolm D. Lee; writer and director of two good movies The Best Man (1999) and The Best Man Holiday (2013). Starring Jada Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip is the story of a road trip with four childhood best friends where, (according to the original Rotten Tomatoes’ synopsis) at some point a betrayal is revealed…

Trailer ‘Announcement’

Trailer 1 (Redband)

Now that there may not be a a betrayal story after all,I’m still looking forward to finding out just how different this will be compared to The Best Man. Whatever the similarities and differences, I’m sure that Girls Trip will be good because The Best Man (1999) and The Best Man Holiday (2013) were very well done.

Girls Trip Release Dates: July 21st, 2017 (US)…

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BAD MOMS (2016) Movie Review: The Thing I Liked…

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Bad Moms (2016), Kristen Bell, Milla Kunis, Katherine Hahn

Starring Mila Kunis, Katheryn Hahn, and Kristen Bell, Bad Moms is written and directed by the team that wrote The Hangover (2009) – Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. This is  a truth that really should give us hope and confidence in the finsihed product.Sadly however, I found Bad Moms, to be quite the disappointment.

Bad Moms is unfunny because much of the story and plenty of the jokes were lazy cliches. Elements of the narrative and  character development were simply unconvincing. So much so that I found myself wondering just how committed all the people involved in the movie really were to making it the best version it could have been. For example, were there budget and timing restrictions that meant it wasn’t possible to shoot or edit a more believable version of the emotional journeys and transformations of any of the characters? My frustration peaked at seeing the shift in Kristen Bell’s Kiki character. ‘REALLY? is all I could think and say out loud.

I’m not a mother so that may be the reason I laughed exactly zero times. Actually, I laughed one or two times. The most memorable one being thanks to a one liner delivered by Martha Stewart. But that really is it.

I’d absolutely love to see another Mila Kunis movie where she delivers a notable performance. That, for me hasn’t really happened since Black Swan (2010). I probably need to face facts and let it go, particularly because it’s widely understood that comedy movies are arguably always more fun to shoot than dramas or thrillers – and it looks as though Kunis’s preference is clear. Plus, I do definitely want her to be happy.

Watch it? Er… sure, if only so you can let me know whether I’m completely mad or as sane as can be.

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