Balancing Act: ‘Girls Trip’ Is Fantastic. But One Tiny Quibble About The ‘Other Woman.’

By Heidi Stevens
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “Girls Trip” is killing it at the box office. It earned $30.4 million its first weekend, the best opening for an R-rated comedy since 2015, when “Ted 2” opened to $33.5 million.

Chicago Tribune

“Girls Trip” is an important movie with the added advantage of being a riot.

Important because women want to see themselves on big screens, and women exist in a lot more shades than white.

Important because it shows us four smart, hilarious, authentic women with four completely different personalities and desires and goals.

Important because there aren’t enough movies in which the women are the ones with the unabashed sexual appetites.

Important because it gives Tiffany Haddish a shot to flex her formidable comedy muscles, and she slays.

As director Malcolm D. Lee told The Hollywood Reporter, “Four black women can open a movie and it does not have to be about the space program, OK?”

Yep. (Although I loved “Hidden Figures.” So did Lee, he’s careful to point out.)

And “Girls Trip” is killing it at the box office. It earned $30.4 million its first weekend, the best opening for an R-rated comedy since 2015, when “Ted 2” opened to $33.5 million.

“Ted 2” hardly moved comedy forward. “Girls Trip” has the potential to. Surely (surely!) Hollywood is slowly getting the message that women are capable of opening films, and that those women don’t have to be, should not always be, white.

With all that in mind, a tiny “Girls Trip” quibble.

I’m not crazy about the treatment of Simone (Deborah Ayorinde), the “other woman” character.

She’s trashed and dehumanized and even assaulted at one point, and it’s tough to watch.

It’s jarring in a movie about women lifting each other up and forgiving each other’s mistakes and accepting each other’s shortcomings.

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