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|Regie:||Malcolm D. Lee|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 122 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Once Ryan (Regina Hall), Sasha (Queen Latifah), Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) and Dina (Tiffany Haddish) were the best friends. Wherever the "Flossy Posse" appeared, fun and parties were the order of the day. But then professional successes, family foundations and the normal life of this girl friendship got in the way. The women haven't seen each other in years, but that's about to change. For the big Essence Festival in New Orleans the clique will finally be reunited. And at first everything seems to be exactly as it once was. The four girlfriends have a lot of fun and turn the city upside down. But suppressed conflicts and secrets make sure that the party could quickly be over and the final end of the "Flossy Posse" is sealed…
With "Girls Trip" director Malcolm D. Lee has landed a real hit in the USA. His female-afro-American "Hangover" variant has earned more than a respectable 115 million dollars at a manageable cost of less than 20 million dollars. Why, however, is only conditionally comprehensible. Granted, there are some scenes you can smile about. But by and large the comedy is just vulgar, loud and extremely flat. That every conversation seems to revolve around sex or the genital area is well known from other comedies. Without it - and not only in Hollywood - it just doesn't seem to work at the moment.
When the worst fellatio gags and pee showers are unpacked, it's clear that the lowest level drawer has really been rummaged through. Even for someone like me, who can laugh heartily at rough humour when served wittily, it was just too much of a bad thing. But it gets really embarrassing when in the end the whole thing becomes very moral and the "friendship and honesty are more important than money" club is swung.
Always, the actresses, including the Oscar nominated Queen Latifah, seem to have had fun with this feuilleton nightmare. This doesn't make the movie any better, but at least its joy of playing makes some scenes more bearable. Yes, it's somehow sad that the level in mainstream comedies is being lowered, that the same formula for success is being played again and again, without even a spark of originality being found in it. But, and this must also be said, as long as there is an audience for such comedies, they will continue to be filmed. And as long as people have fun with this kind of gags, so long as works like "Girls Trip" have their right to exist in a certain way.
For who the "Bad Moms" are still much too harmless and who can laugh about penis and pee jokes over and over again, "Girls Trip" can also be recommended. But if you expect a little bit of humour in your comedies and a little bit of level, you should not miss this movie.
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