Director David E. Talbert assembles an all-star Black cast for this Fall’s romantic comedy about one woman’s frantic search for love in Baggage Claim. The cast features Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Jill Scott, Tia Mowry, Djimon Hounsou, Christina Milian, Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe, Lauren London, Jenifer Lewis, La La Anthony, Trey Songz, Rickey Smiley, and Terrance J.
Miss Montana Moore (Patton) is an attractive flight attendant who has 30 days and 30,000 miles to find a date to her little’s sister wedding. Stricken with the cliché “always a bridesmaid and never a bride” and with the help of her friends, she devises a plan to not only find a man, but a husband. This plan backfires when she realizes that what she’s looking for has been sitting right up under her nose the entire time.
Ladies, we’ve all been in our Montana Moore moment, where our heart is broken and nothing but a Saturday filled with Lifetime movies and ice cream will do. Toni Braxton’s Unbreak My Heart is our anthem and tissue just won’t dry up the tears. It’s in that very moment that we must come to some sort of reality about the recent break up and use it as fuel to get back up, dust our shoulders off, and find a new love.
Move over Paula Patton because Miss Jill Scott is clearly marking her territory as a voluptuous vixen and great actress. There’s no doubt that she’s a talented musical artist but with her recent movie endeavors, such as Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married film series and the 2012 adaptation of Steel Magnolias, she’s a jack of all trades. Her Baggage Claim character, Gail Best is sexy, strong and independent. Similar to Montana, she’s a single flight attendant. Unlike Montana, she has no desires to get married and enjoys the company of many men. Never seeing Jill Scott in this light, it was energizing to see her recent weight loss has brought on some sexual spontaneity with her acting roles.
Systematically, the movie worked for me; however, there were minor glitches that I thought could have easily been avoided. For example, one scene Paula Patton’s dress was up her butt. Two scenes later, she has lip stick on her teeth. And during the entire movie, her clothes were either wrinkled or displaced as if the movie’s stylist was absent every day on set. It is the small things that distract you from actually enjoying the movie. I doubt these small errors were setting the tone for her character; it just looked like amateur movie mistakes.
3 Stars: It was a typical comedy romance. Half way through the movie, I knew exactly what was going to happen and I felt a little bamboozled when it took so long to reveal the ending. Baggage Claim is definitely a feel good movie for the single ladies providing hope for all those who haven’t found the right one yet.