• by Wes Singleton

Girls Trip, B

Rated R, 122 minutes

The bawdy and often hiliarious new comedy "Girls Trip" is a pleasant surprise, especially since the recent, similarly-themed "Rough Night" was not all that great. While predictable and overly familiar, this provides more laugh-out moments than most comedies seen of late, especially in a breakout, star turn from one of the four leads, whose been seen mostly on the small screen.

Best friends Ryan, Sasha, Lisa and Dina (Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish) are in for the adventure of a lifetime when they travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Along the way, they rekindle their sisterhood and rediscover their wild side by doing enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

The enjoyable, brash "Girls Trip" may make you blush too, and it's a treat from director Malcolm D. Lee of "Best Man Holiday," producer Will Packer of "Ride Along" and writers Tracy Oliver and Kenya Barris. All four actress are funny, but the movie is clearly stolen by lesser-known yet hilarious Tiffany Haddish of TV's "The Carmichael Show," which many feel was unjustly canceled by NBC. As the loud and often filthy Dina, she has the best moments and lines, which include flashing Diddy at a concert and saying things like "I'm gonna get pregnant tonight!" (One of the few things she says that can be printed here).

Ultimately, it's about rekindling of female friendship, but there's a lot of bawdiness, low-brow fun along the way, including lots of alcohol, fights and pissing on people on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Not much of it's really new (ladies letting loose for a night or two), and for what it is, it goes on much too long (90 minutes is plenty), filling it with redundancies and reflex laughs by the time it nears the end.

Still, there are laughs aplenty, and the entertaining "Girls Trip" offers up plenty of fun, and the cast seems to have a great time too. It's certainly anything you haven't seen before, but in the case of the poorly received "Rough Night," it's a much better time. You'll certainly laugh, and Haddish will become a big star after this.

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