Score: A

Rated R for “Raunchy” at a length of 122 minutes

While all of my Las Vegas film critics this week were reviewing the 3-D sci-fi flick VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS — this critic sat alone in the press screening row for GIRLS TRIP. Sometimes the early Hollywood buzz is a pretty good measure of what might be one of the worst films of the year; another Hollywood buzz might say, “the summer’s word-of-mouth comedy sensation”. I went with the latter and I am glad that I did. Rotten Tomatoes is reporting a poor 58% for VALERIAN while reporting an 88% for GIRLS TRIP (as compared to a 91% for DUNKIRK.) All three films open today.

GIRLS TRIP is not only funny, but it is hilarious. When was the last time you saw a movie when the funny lines never stopped. The laughter was so extended that you could not hear the next lines of the script. This is not a movie for children. The humor is truly blue. And those who are not prepared for this kind of humor may very well be offended and walk out. But for those who attended last week’s screening, most are still laughing.

The trip brings with the long delayed reunion of four Black women — the”Flossy Posse”. The place is New Orleans. The event is the “Essence Fest”.

Remember the name of newcomer Tiffany Haddish. She all but steals this film. She is joined by three accomplished co-stars: Queen Latifah, Kate Walsh and Jada Pinkett Smith. Other cast members include Larenz Tate, Mike Colter and Kofi Sirboe. The film is directed by Malcolm D. Lee. The screenplay is written by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver; and based on a story by Erica Rivinoja with Barris and Oliver.

As we grow older, we change as we experience life. We are no longer in college. We have married. Some have divorced. We have different careers. The question remains, “Can we have it all?” Will we remain loyal and true to ourself?

I just don’t think we will see a funnier and sweeter comedy during 2017.

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