Girls Trip Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish Regina Hall

You’ll be glad you came.

Making a bold and brassy bid to be the African-American Bridesmaids, the unrelentingly raunchy comedy Girls Trip dispatches lifelong friends Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish on a trip to the Essence Festival in New Orleans.

Whether you laugh uproariously at the women’s drunken and lusty antics, or shudder and cringe in dismay, will be very much a matter of taste. Amid all the bodily fluid gags is a resolutely upbeat celebration of empowerment and sisterhood, and the irrepressibly exuberant, scene-stealing Haddish is clearly a breakout star, the film’s equivalent of Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy.

All the same, strip away the crassness and vulgarity (brace yourselves for scenes involving public urination and grapefruit-assisted sex acts) and subtract the stars’ chemistry, and the film’s conventional plot and shallow script start to look pretty feeble.

Certificate 15. Runtime 122 mins. Director Malcolm D Lee

Girls Trip available on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital from Universal Pictures.