Movie Blog Post: GIRLS TRIP

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

I first saw the trailer for Girls Trip back in like February or March and thought it looked pretty good and in addition to the known cast of Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Queen Latifah, I saw it had the team of super producer Will Packer (THINK LIKE A MAN, Ride Along, ALMOST CHRISTMAS, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON and many more) and the talents of director Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man and THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY) but still I worried that the movie would fall flat, that it wouldn't have cross over appeal both to other races and to men, that it wouldn't be funny.  Then last month I saw its white predecessor ROUGH NIGHT, (which I enjoyed) take a big tumble and never find its audience. So again, I thought does this mean bad ratings for "Girls Trip" too?

But I am so happy to report Girls Trip according to opening weekend box office totals as of Sunday (7/23) 9pm is in second place (behind Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk) with a strong estimated $30.4 million total and a 89% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes by both critics and audiences!
After watching "Girls Trip", it’s a battle for second place for the funniest comedy of 2017. Nothing else is going to come close. But for as many laughs as it packs — and it’s a ton — this is a charming, winning film about love, self-worth and friendship. This is a truly complete comedy that has room to show some emotional depth in addition to nabbing most hilarious honors for the year... READ MORE Jeffrey Lyles Lyles Movie Files
The writing team, headed by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, stays refreshingly alert to racial and class issues that raise the bar on the usual silliness, though there's still plenty of that. And Lee actually treats the ladies as real people instead of props. Let's hope it's a trend. The plot may be standard issue, but this quartet of stars is off-the-chain irresistible... READ MORE -- Peter Travers Rolling Stone Magazine

Tiffany Haddish, Tiffany Haddish, Tiffany Haddish, what a break out star, like most people, wasn't familiar with her as a stand up comedian, saw her in the movie KEANU, but didn't pay her much attention but now...

Short Synopsis: Ryan Pierce (Regina Hall) is a bestselling author, Sasha Franklin (Queen Latifah) runs her own TMZ-style website, Lisa Cooper (Jada Pinkett Smith) is a divorcee with two kids, and Dina (Tiffany Haddish) — well, Dina defies description. The four reunite in New Orleans during the Essence Festival, where they hobnob with celebrities, hook up with an old college pal (Larenz Tate), and learn that Ryan’s husband (Mike Colter) is having an affair. Friendships are tested, romances are ignited, copious alcohol is consumed, and grapefruits are employed in an interesting way...READ MORE Matt Bronson Creative Loafing Charlotte

T&T ran a preview movie screening contest to see GIRLS TRIP 
in Philly and we got a great response:
Here's some pictures of me with a few of the winners:
Girls Trip pictures of movie-goers

LeVonne Lindsay, Diane Roka, Diane Tillman, Desarrie McDuffie, Karen Gill w/ guest and Alacia Maxton... WE ALL LOVED THE MOVIE!

Tiffany Haddish slayed in Girls Trip Movie

The other thing I love is watching both Tiffany Haddish & Jada Pinkett Smith, one on Jimmy Kimmel the other on Jimmy Fallon tell the Groupon New Orleans Swamp Tour story with Will Smith and a bunch of regular tourists. It's crazy that Jada's been rich so long she had no idea what a Groupon even was!

Bottom Line: Girls Trip is raunchy, real, crazy fun, with enough laugh out loud parts you miss some the following dialogue, and it's relatable, cause who doesn't have that group of friends that you now mainly see on Facebook and Instagram, but you'd love to hang out with again, despite any past issues or old scores.

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T & T's LAMB (movie bloggers association) Score: 4.5 outta 5
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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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