With the release of Girls Trip in 2017, Bold Films not only solidified itself as a staple of the Blockbuster Brand, but also paved the way for and inspired a series of never before seen direct-to-video sequels for the studio. From then on, Bold Works would produce no less than four sequels (with a fifth and sixth on the way!) that would each be based on or spawned from flimsy or dubious plots. With the intention of simultaneously boosting the lagging careers of the main stars and painting the studio line in a continually favorable light, each instalment had the same M.O: always featuring a mostly naked woman and a barely-attempted villain.
On February 2nd, 2019, the online home for the (now two-part) sequel took the form of Theo & Jackie, a barely-fleshed-out attempt to cash-in on the success of Girls Trip by recreating the same formula. With two of the three"A-List" characters - now Amy Schumer and Queen Latifah - well into their sixties, the script conjured up a plot so insipid and poorly-written that we could all start filing it under 'A Movie About Women Over 40.' With the sold-out theatre equivalent of a sequel as inescapable as the corporate preferred brand of hamburgers, who hasn't already seen a Certified Anglophone copy of the film sans any plot? So we will skip over the banal politics and plot twists that would have you rolling your eyes (and praying for another Arrested Development to come and rescue you from this kind of zando shlock).
Instead, we'll discuss those assets which made the film more than the sum of its parts:1. The actresses. From the newly-opened era of mainstream cinema wherein actresses were granted more presence (and less clothing) than the previous decade, to the era's destabilization of the sexual sphere wherein both genders are authorized to ogle and devour any female-identifiable figure; to the current era wherein the sexual consent of any female (no matter how cooly-bred they may be) must be granted first and foremost. d2c66b5586