Girls Trip: An Analysis of the Women Who Redefined Sisterhood & Solidarity
Okay, sue me! I just watched Girls Trip for the first time a few days ago. Now I know I’m late but this movie was a phenomenal representation of the power within Black women friendships. Strength, hardships, solidarity and so much love comes from forming meaningful bonds with other women, and it was so warming to see that exemplified throughout this entire film.
Ryan - The Boss.
Smart, successful, beautiful, but most importantly, human. From the very start of the movie, one could easily recognize that a lot of pressure was placed onto her to be AND remain the woman who can indeed have it all. Yet, we quickly saw how her hidden trials challenged the portrayal she was giving off to the world. When she reunited with her long-lost best friends there was no way for her to hide her true self (without it being obvious at least). The presence of her girls finally forced her to be true to herself after trying to maintain a poker faced façade regarding her husband’s infidelity. This was only done after seeing the faces of the women who knew her best. Ryan fell short of honesty, because of the pressure she felt trying to keep up the perfect image as an author, a wife and a Black woman who had everything. Thankfully, her friends were there to remind her of who she was.
Dina - The Wild One
The annoyance by Dina, yet unconditional acceptance of her was far too real for me. We all have a friend like Dina -- I think I’ve been her a few times. She's us when we say too much, do too much, and are just a bit too unfiltered for some folks liking – yet, loved anyway. Dina is that friend that will be real with you regardless of how you or the other girls in your circle feel. Hence, why she couldn’t just keep quiet when Ryan's F-Boy husband did her dirty (yet again). She’s the friend that it pains her to be a fraud & untrue. She would rather be real with you and herself even if it angers you. Sometimes you think she can clean her act up, but she’s so comfortable in her skin that it almost makes you uncomfortable trying to change her. I mean, after those things she said she'd do to Ryan's cheating husband, I would keep a friend like her around too.
Sasha - The Gossip
Sasha seemed to be the most level-headed. She had a laid-back, casual, calm and collected demeanor about her that always seemed genuine. It appeared that the only person who took her slightly out of character was Ryan, because she read right through her. Ryan and Sasha’s relationship definitely stood out to me the most because although they were both Black women who write, they ironically were the ones who had the most issues with each other. One would think that because both women are crafty with the pen and distinctly different, they could collaborate. However, throughout the movie, it was apparent that both women exuded a certain type of competition and often challenged one another. Sasha’s style of writing began as journalism turned blogging, which in the movie was not held to the same caliber when compared to Ryan's writing career. This analysis was never discussed in depth during the movie, however at the end surprisingly, Ryan and Sasha put their differences aside and became partners.
Lisa - The Mom
Lisa, lisa, lisa. The freak that once was. LOL. The hard-working mom that use to get jiggy with it. Lisa is so kind, and a devoted mother to her children. Out of touch with the party and dating scene, she really had a protective nature when it came to her friends. After being convinced that her children were okay at home, it took a short while for her to open up. But when she did, there was no surprise why she fit right in. Lisa is careful, fun, sweet and very understanding - something needed when things got out of hand between the women.
All in all, Girls Trip was an amazing movie. This movie displayed the many levels of friendships that were all very relatable and I thought of my close friends when I was watching. Who's your favorite character from Girls Trip?