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Exciting ‘Girls Trip’ may induce crowd frenzy

Published:Monday | August 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMDamian Levy
From left: Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish in ‘Girls Trip’.

As they get older, most people find it increasingly difficult trying to make time for their social lives. Some have families, some have work, some have both. Girls Trip is a story about four women going on a relentless, wild adventure, reliving their glory days, and acting as young as they feel, no matter how old they are. It's a story told a thousand and one times with men, but one that's all too uncommon for women.

Puzzlingly, Girls Trip is a movie that has everything you've seen before, and things you never thought you'd ever see. In terms of its plot, it's entirely predictable. A few moments had some surprising twists and turns in the road that ultimately led to the same tired destination. In terms of spectacle, the movie is an entirely different ball game. You might be able to see moments coming, but knowing is only half the battle. You'll still be woefully unprepared for the limits the film will gleefully ignore. In fact, Girls Trip will put you in a state of perpetual 'denial about its antics. There's a temptation to deny the movie's unlimited raunch. This is pointless. Before you can say, 'There's no way they'll do that', it's too late. It's already been done.

Shock value trumps all else in Girls Trip, with scenes designed to leave you contemplating the reality of the movie itself. In a way, this movie earned my respect. I might not have laughed for the first 20 minutes of Girls Trip, but there were laughs to be had. In fact, the audience I saw the film with was uncontrollable. Never before have I wished a film was subtitled, as the audio just could not compete with the thundering roar of the crowd.

There are some movies that strive to be relatable, showing us a story that reflects our own lives, through characters we see ourselves in. There are other movies that dabble in fantasy, being completely unrealistic and giving us a form of escapism as we're whisked away into the film's incredible world. Girls Trip does as Girls Trip would, and tries to pull off both. Sometimes successfully, most times not.

Girls Trip may not have been the film for me, but it was certainly the film for many.