Girls Trip Is Smart, Sweet, Filthy and Comforting

Plays Ryan Pierce Oscar James coiffed the 46-year-old actress Farrah-flipped locks while make-up artist Rea Ann Silva applied her bright coral pout

Maybe, the thinking goes, films like Rough Night, The House, and CHiPs are failing not on their own merits, but because mid-budget studio releases just won't be where we get our comedy going forward.

On a panel at the American Black Film Festival this year in Miami, producer Will Packer (Straight Outta Compton, Obsessed, Stomp the Yard) explained to attendees that he originally pitched the film as a mashup of The Hangover and Bridesmaids-but with brown girls. Latifah ("Miracles From Heaven") is her usual reliable self, while Pinkett Smith ("Bad Moms") is appealing but hit-and-miss when it comes to her comedic opportunities.

The new movie of the same name perfectly encapsulates why hanging with your girls for a weekend is quite possibly the most fun you'll ever have. "So, I went to the club promoter and said, 'You've got to let me introduce this artist.' And they let me get on stage and introduce her". "I'm proud to sit next to these ladies".

The movie centers around a group of female pals who embark on a wild holiday to New Orleans' Essence Festival. Does Haddish' character, an outrageous party girl named Dina, have her breaking point?

Haddish reiterated the same sentiment, telling HuffPost that her role was a "dream come true" and that she is grateful to be able "to display real friendship and real sisterhood". There's some good chemistry among the four principals and a fine performance from Hall as Ryan, a torn woman whose life looks way better on the outside. "It was about survival and it's always been about survival between us". This is a film about the joys of open bars, quality dick, yes-and-ing whatever life brings your way, and the laid-back strength that charges the room when you're among the friends who've known you long enough to know all the shit you've left behind but still remember. Says Latifah, "I hit Jada with new words every week".

"That particular scene was just like, yes!"

After Latifah and Pinkett Smith starred in 1996's Set It Off together, "I got married and had two kids. One of the things that is very interesting that I've never really said before is that when I first meet Pac - when we first met - I was a drug dealer". Girls Trip hews closely to that line and is therefore, by default, better than its counterpart from his summer, Rough Night. As rollicking as it is for much of its two hours and change, its poignant moments are powerfully resonant.

This movie - directed by Malcolm D. Lee and co-written by Tracy Oliver and Kenya Barris - is poised to take its place next to Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph's "Bridesmaids" ($169 million), Amy Poehler's and Tina Fey's "Sisters" ($105 million) and Amy Schumer's "Trainwreck" ($110 million) as proof that women drinking, brawling and peeing in public are just as amusing as guys when they behave badly. It would also seem the industry is going about this task by serving to women in generous spades ideas stereotypically considered the domain of men: lots of violence, sex and, per the comedies, raunch.

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