Take Another GIRLS TRIP from the Comfort of Home

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The weather’s getting cooler, friends, which means it’s time to curl up by the fire with a bowl of popcorn and relive the gloriousness that is Girls Trip. That’s right, the highlight of the summer is now available in a Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download from Universal.

In case you missed it (shame on you), the year’s biggest R-rated comedy centers on four BFFs (Regina Hall, Tiffany Haddish, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Queen Latifah) who take a trip to New Orleans for Essence Fest. Sex, drugs, nudity, and general shenanigans ensue. (My full review is here.)

If you need any other reasons to add this to your home video collection, the release contains the following bonus features:

Deleted Scenes: A mixed bag, as deleted scenes usually are, with a few duds and a few laughs. We really don’t need to see more of smooth douche Stewart (Mike Colter) trying to convince wife Ryan (Hall) he’s a changed man; but Queen Latifah trying to convince the repo man not to take her car was worth the watch. Available with and without commentary from Director Malcolm Lee.

Outtakes: A little long, but a few solid laughs, particularly from Haddish and Latifah. Bonus points for Haddish managing to work in a U.N.I.T.Y. reference, and for the inclusion of extra grapefruitage.

Planning the Trip: An interesting featurette with director Malcolm Lee and the main cast. Lee discusses the initial idea and casting choices, noting “Ninety percent of directing is casting.” Some glimpses are given behind the scenes, from some technical details about the sets and how certain shots were filmed, to choreography and stunt work (most impressive: all the actresses did their own stunt work in the zip line scene).

Outrageous Moments: This featurette delves more specifically into the raunchiness of the film, giving even more insight into scenes like Hobo Bob, the zipline, and grapefruiting.

The Essence of NOLA: The importance of the city of New Orleans to the plot and the experiences of filming on site in the Big Easy and at the actual Essence Fest is the subject of this featurette.

Extended Performance “Because of You” by Ne-Yo: The full cut of Ne-yo’s song in its entirety, as performed at the House of Blues with the main cast in the audience.

Full Movie with Commentary from Director Malcolm Lee: Lee’s commentary is engaging and useful, delving into topics like the script and character interpretations by the leads, and the writing process, which included several females on the team. “Women are nasty,” jokes Lee. “There was a high penis quotient” among the jokes they submitted.

Overall, the extras are a nice complement to the film, which is a bonus since this movie would be worth the money without any extras. Pick this up for yourself or start your Christmas shopping early for all your friends who will appreciate the year’s biggest R-rated comedy!

Get it at Amazon:
Girls Trip — [Blu-ray] | [DVD] | [Amazon Video]

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