In all the ways 'Rough Night' went wrong, 'Girl Trip' goes hilariously right. Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and-yowza!- Tiffany Haddish let laughs bubble out of character instead of blunt-force farce. It makes all the difference.
There is no raunchier, more raucous, filthy and truly crass movie out this summer than Girls Trip - and I loved every minute of it.
The dynamic between the four friends leaps off the screen and makes "Girls Trip" a journey well worth taking.
Unfortunately, the jokes stop being funny about 30 minutes before the end credits roll and the character-based elements are never better than overly familiar.
Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah are as reliable as ever onscreen. 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.
For some reason with this film, the wildness feels wilder, the vulnerability rawer and the sisterhood stronger.
The ladies-on-the-loose comedy that everyone needs right now, even if they don't know it yet.
Haddish is so incandescently filthy that a new ratings system should be developed to accommodate her.
"Girls Trip" accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do: shock and amuse. Along the way, it reminds us how important old friends can be.