Jada Pinkett Smith's drug dealing past

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Maybe, the thinking goes, films like Rough Night, The House, and CHiPs are failing not on their own merits, but because mid-budget studio releases just won't be where we get our comedy going forward.

The sitcom had a major impact in Pinkett Smith's life as well. "I was a drug dealer", Smith said.

Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith star in "Girls Trip".

Regina Hall stars as Ryan Pierce, an Oprah-style life coach whose flawless marriage is a beacon of "having it all" to her throngs of fans and book buyers. The movie is about four women who travel to New Orleans for the weekend.

Amid the revelry, though, emotional fault lines among the ladies are exposed.

HADDISH: I was like "Girl don't worry about nothing". Luckily, the NOLA-set festival is an actual annual event, and while it might not include zip-lining across Bourbon Street IRL, you'll still want to take part in the festivities, so here's how to how to go to the real Essence Festival. "Hidden Figures did extremely well and I'm extremely happy for that movie to have done that - it's unprecedented! - but here we are for women who exist in real life and don't get an opportunity to see themselves like this". There's always a struggle between what people think of you and who you really are.

The things you do for friendship, right? Sasha is a gossip blogger who's in financial trouble; Lisa an uptight nurse and divorced mom; Dina, who gets fired from her job in the early scenes, a charismatic loose cannon. I'm willing to bet you'll be plotting on the experience before you leave your seat in the theater. "God's got it", said Smith.

The 45-year-old actress said, "I'd have to be very careful if she fell in love when I fell in love and had a possibility of getting married".

For Jada and Queen Latifah, "Girls Trip" is a trip down memory lane. As rollicking as it is for much of its two hours and change, its poignant moments are powerfully resonant.

What's fun here is both the easy charm of the four women (two of whom have a long screen history together; watch for Smith and Latifah in a shout-out to 1996's "Set It Off"), and the range of comedy styles they display. Yet this screenplay, which could have simply been a regular paint-by-number buddy comedy, achieved something deeper, by consciously seeking to break out of the box of the usual images and spaces Black women are relegated to in cinema and media as a whole.

Oprah-in-training Ryan (Regina Hall) has invited her girl crew along for a trip to Essence Fest in New Orleans, where she's giving a keynote speech and taking meetings to launch her brand with her husband and business partner, Stewart (Mike Colter). Regina Hall has transformed before our eyes over the years, going from the ridiculously weird girl in the Wayans' series "Scary Movie", to a glamorous professional in her last few roles. First, you would be looking for the daddy because somebody's got some explaining to do.

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