Girls Trip

Movie review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Warm-hearted but raunchy comedy has nudity, sex, language.
  • R
  • 2017
  • 122 minutes
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Beneath the raunch and silliness is a lot of positivity: loyal friends give love and support (and call each other on their mistakes). A group of women gives thanks for their time together. It's much sweeter and more uplifting than you might expect given the premise and plot. Also raises thoughtful questions about public image vs. private happiness and the value of work/a career. Unabashedly sex-positive in tone.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Other characters call Ryan "the second coming of Oprah." She has a successful career and (by the movie's end) a satisfying and authentic personal life. In fact, three out of the four main characters (all of whom are women) have flourishing careers, and all are well-fleshed-out people and loving friends. On the flip side, a woman is presented as being a "ho" for posing for provocative social media shots and cheating with another woman's husband. And a white character cluelessly tries to connect with four African-American women by using Urban Dictionary slang, despite being told not to. 

Violence

Dina is aggressive and scary in scenes presented as comedic. She hits a coworker with a toaster and a trash can when he steals her lunch, and she punches several people in the face -- once during an all-out bar brawl. She breaks a bottle and threatens a man with it. She also makes a string of threats to the same man, including throwing hot grits on him and castrating him with her bare hands. 

Sex

The main characters are looking for sex and romance (in that order) during their weekend away, and they find it. Two men are seen nude, one at length from the front and one briefly from the back (both scenes are comic, rather than sexual). Graphic jokes about oral sex (including a running gag about using a citrus fruit as an aid), body parts, and consequence-free casual sex. A man offers women money for sex. One woman is frequently called a "ho" and characterized as a home-wrecker. Kissing, joking gropes.

Language

Frequent strong language includes "f--k," "f--king," "motherf----r," "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "a--hole," "damn," "hell," "p---y," "t-ts," "t--ties," "booty," "sucked off," the "N" word, "ho," "d--k," and "c--k."

Consumerism

The characters' trip is sponsored by Essence; the logo is seen repeatedly on invitations, buildings, signs, pillows, etc., and the Essence annual convention is mentioned several times. The Essence logo is frequently paired with the Coca-Cola logo. Liquor brands are mentioned by name: Bailey's, Hennessey, Patron. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink cocktails, beer, wine, and everything else they can get their hands on. One character orders four shots on a short airplane flight. Characters talk about getting "white-boy wasted." One character buys a bottle of absinthe; she slops it into drinks, and everyone has visions. One woman jokes about sneaking marijuana onto a plane by putting it "where the sun don't shine." Two drunk women pee on a crowd from above; one accidentally, one deliberately. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Girls Trip is a raunchy comedy about four longtime friends (Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish) who go on an over-the-top trip together. It's surprisingly sweet and positive, but there's definitely plenty of eyebrow-raising content, including wall-to-wall language, nudity, and randy humor. Women are given powerful, well-rounded roles, with two exceptions: a woman who's sleeping with another character's husband is presented as a one-note "ho," and a white character cluelessly imitates African-American slang despite being told not to. There's some violence: A character hits a coworker with metal objects, punches people in the face, and threatens a man with castration and a broken bottle. There's also an all-out brawl in which faces are smashed repeatedly into bars. Expect tons of jokes about sex and body parts, including a scene in which oral sex is mimed at length. Two men are seen nude in nonsexual contexts, one from the front, and one from the rear. Characters drink nearly constantly and sometimes lose control as a result (literally, in one scene in which women pee on a crowd from above). Language includes "f--k," "bitch," "ass," "p---y," the "N" word, and more. Essence and Coca-Cola clearly put money into this production: their logos are everywhere.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAndrew M. July 23, 2017

Powerful Comedy

This is a movie that was unexpectedly hilarious. I knew that it would be funny, but not as funny as it truly is. And the heart that is also driving this movie i... Continue reading
Adult Written byNikki H. July 24, 2017

The Best Girls Comedy Ever!

This movie is hysterically funny from start to finish. It's not for children and if you're in to church, this is DEFINITELY NOT your media type. For t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBraveSword123 July 26, 2017
Teen, 17 years old Written byTornadosplash44 August 3, 2017

Hysterical Comedy with very strong messages of friendship!

This film was amazing! It was so hysterically funny, I was crying in the theater! The acting was great, and the plot was pretty good overall! The film does cont... Continue reading

What's the story?

As the title of her bestselling book claims, Ryan (Regina Hall) has it all: an adoring public, money, fame, and an amazing relationship with husband Stewart Pierce (Mike Colter). But behind the perfect facade, there are cracks in the Pierce marriage, and Ryan is missing something: the group of lifelong friends that call themselves the Flossy Posse. When Ryan gets the opportunity to travel to New Orleans for a weekend, she decides a GIRLS TRIP is the way to reconnect. Her crew includes Sasha (Queen Latifah), a TMZ-style celebrity gossip blogger who's on a career slide; Dina (Tiffany Haddish), who's been recently fired from her job and is determined to forget her troubles with a no-holds-barred party; and Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith), whose divorce and single motherhood have left her exhausted and sad. When the foursome hits the Crescent City, life hits back -- but with loyal friends to help absorb the blows and pick up the pieces, everything's going to work out fine in the end. 

Is it any good?

A tired comic premise gets new life thanks to a charming cast with genuine warmth and chemistry, inspired comic set-pieces, and a star-making performance from Haddish. Her Dina is a one-woman torrent of vulgarity who steals scenes wholesale from her more famous costars in the way that Melissa McCarthy did in Bridesmaids and Zach Galifianakis did in The Hangover. She even one-ups Pinkett Smith in a sounds-awful-but-is-actually-funny scene in which the duo is suspended from a zip line and ends up peeing on the crowd below them. But Haddish seals the deal with a moment in which she leads her girlfriends into their hotel's bedroom for a pre-sleep group prayer. "I feel my heart filling up with joy to be with my friends again," she says sincerely.

Strangely, so do we. Because this foursome actually seems like a real-life squad with history, which injects reality and sweetness into the kind of scenes you'd expect from this type of movie: the Flossy Posse in a dance battle with a rival group of friends, an oral-sex tutorial that involves a banana and a grapefruit, a hallucinogenic club trip that ends with Latifah's Sasha making out with a lamp. It's goofy, and it's meant to be. But it's also genuinely funny, where many comedies of this stripe aren't. And beneath the laughs and instantly meme-able lines are deep messages to be gleaned about public image vs. private happiness, work, unabashed sex-positivity, and the value of loyal friends who will call you on your mistakes and celebrate your successes. That Girls Trip makes you want to celebrate along with these four is its own great success. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how drinking, drug use, and over-the-top behavior are depicted in Girls Trip. Is the film condoning or glamorizing any of this? Do characters face realistic consequences for their actions? Why does that matter?

  • Female friendships are relatively rare in movies. What other movies can you think of that center on groups of female friends? How is Girls Trip similar to and different from movies like Bridesmaids and Rough Night?  

  • Do you consider these characters role models? Why or why not? Do they defy any stereotypes? If so, how?

  • How is sex portrayed? Is it loving and meaningful or "just for fun"? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

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