I went to the Regal Theater with the intention to see Detroit, but the events of the past week so befuddled me and bummed me out I went to see Girls Trip instead. Yes, it’s raunchy. Yes, it has a predictable plot. But Girls Trip features a strong cast: Ryan (Regina Hall) is a successful author of self-help books who is the keynote speaker at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, Sasha (Queen Latifah) who is struggling financially with a celebrity web site, Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) who is a single mother living with her mother, and Dina (Tiffany Haddish) who is wild and freaky is the straw that stirs this movie.
These four friends come together after a five-year absence to rekindle their friendship as they deal with their personal problems. Ryan’s husband, Stewart (Mike Colter) is cheating on her with a younger woman (Debrorah Ayorindle). Sasha and Dina have financial problems, and Lisa is fighting loneliness.
There are some wild scenes in this movie. No one who sees it will soon forget the zip-line episode. Or Dina instructing her friends on sexual techniques utilizing fruit. Girls Trip made me laugh, which is just what I needed during these Dark Times. GRADE: B