Four best female friends on a wild trip to the Big Easy or New Orleans starring some of the most watchable black female actresses? Well, that sounds like a winning proposition, no?
Ever since Bridesmaids was such a hit there has been a rash of films which follow its lead demonstrating that women can be as silly, wild and crass as men. Women have shown they can do superhero and action films, now they are attempting to break into the crass comedy genre. For some reason it is believed either that no one wants to watch women being filthy or that women are not interested in making this type of film. I call bullcrap on both. Women have proven time and time again that they are capable of carrying any type of film.
Unfortunately here that does not equal a winner. Meaning that while this is not an awful film it most certainly is not up to the calibre of Bridesmaids. Instead of bringing some original laughs, it is made up of largely cliched and rehashed humour. Which is pretty much the death toll when it comes to comedic films. Even worse it is another case of Tiffany Haddish doing the same old same old.
Four lifelong friends have hit a rough patch. Life has got in the way and they are no longer as close as they used to be. A weekend trip to New Orleans to attend the Essence Festival is envisaged by Ryan (played by Regina Hall), Sasha (played by Queen Latifah), Lisa (played by Jada Pinkett Smith) and Dina (played by Tiffany Haddish) or the Flossy Posse, as they have dubbed themselves, as a chance to reconnect.
Each goes in with baggage or problems like no sex life since their divorce, struggling at work or marital problems and all that, and old unspoken of hurts, gets in the way of the fun and healing.
Because it is pretty much end to end jokes, there will be some laughter to be had here. Mostly because you won’t believe what these well known actresses are willing to do for a laugh…well, except for Haddish, as we all know she is up for pretty much anything.
The actresses are not to blame here as, as stated, they are fully committed. Doing what is asked of them. But the script is weak. Only so much they can do.
-Planning the Trip
-The Essence of Nola
-Extended Performance “Because of You” by Ne-Yo
-Feature Commentary with Director Malcolm D. Lee