Girls Trip's Tiffany Haddish is a comedic genius. This interview proves it.

by Abel Hampton July 23, 2017, 0:13
Girls Trip's Tiffany Haddish is a comedic genius. This interview proves it.

What a ideal name for the ladies at the center of Girls Trip. But her domination of the laughs doesn't leave "Girls Trip" feeling lopsided or unbalanced, even if it runs maybe 10 minutes longer and baggier than it has to.

"Girls Trip" opens in theaters July 21.

"Girls Trip", a Universal Pictures release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for "for crude and sexual content throughout, pervasive language, brief graphic nudity, and drug material". And with a running time of just over two hours, it feels a little overstuffed at times.

From director Malcolm D. Lee of The Best Man Holiday and Barbershop: The Next Cut, his latest is all about the power and strength of female friendship, and what it might be like to trip on absinthe in a New Orleans night club.

Because the film was actually shot during the Essence Festival, there are countless cameos. Ryan and her husband Stewart (Mike Colter), a retired National Football League great, have turned their marriage into a brand and are on the verge of signing a major endorsement deal that will include their own talk show.

Haddish is now starring in the new comedy Girls Trip, alongside the much more famous Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Haddish said she went to dinner with the couple one night in New Orleans, and suggested they come with her on a Groupon swamp tour the next day when she and Jada had a day off from shooting the film. Queen Latifah is investigative journalist Sasha, who's lately been reduced to celebrity gossip-blogging. She's amusing, fierce, loyal, hilarious - and she has a serious temper problem. If anything, these scenes add to the film's vibrant energy.

"Girls Trip" was filmed against the backdrop of a real Essence Fest. The members of the Flossy Posse are fully realized people: "accomplished people trying to have fun and find themselves as they navigate their grown-up lives". Of course there's a scene where they all trip out - but this is one of those rare times where a comedy successfully conveys the insanity of a hallucinatory experience for multiple laughs. But virtually every review so far, including Vox's, has made sure to point out that Haddish steals every scene with her performance as Dina, the movie's loosest cannon. It's a breakthrough performance from an already well-respected comedic presence. And Regina Hall gives one of her best performances as Ryan, who keeps on telling everyone you can "have it all" even as her own marriage tells a different story. The two were joined by Jada's husband, Will Smith.

Smith says she plans to share more about her friendship with Shakur in an upcoming book.

"I was like, 'Jada, I got a $20 a day rental vehicle".

Also offering praise for the pure characters of Girls Trip, Manohla Dargas of The New York Times explains that the four leading ladies "despite being fictional also exist in our world", unlike those in other flicks about "naughty women" who end up murdering a man in their storyline.

"Girls Trip" definitely earns its R rating.

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