‘Baggage Claim’ is a romantic comedy based on the 2004 novel with the same name by playwright and director, David E. Talbert. His critically acclaimed stage plays include: ‘Mr. Right Now;’ ‘His Woman, His Wife;’ ‘He Say, She Say…But What Does God Say?’ The movie details the exploits of Montana Moore in her quest to find a husband.
When flight attendant Montana Moore ‘Mo’ (Paula Patton) learns that her younger sister, Sheree (Lauren London) is getting married, she panics. She becomes determined to get engaged before the wedding. With only 30 days to find Mr. Right with the aid of her best pals Sam (Adam Brody) and Gail (Jill Scott), she comes up with a plan using her airline connections to accidentally meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends in order to find Mr. Right. In her quest to find the perfect candidate, she racks up more than 30,000 miles on husband search and countless comedic encounters.
A entertaining take on finding Mr. Right, ‘Baggage Claim’ will keep you in stitches as Montana searches through a pool of available (and some not-so available) candidates. From an ex-boyfriend who loves his dog to a mysterious wealthy financier, Mo survives each humiliating challenge. Along the way, she learns that sometimes your search for love is closer to home.
The hard bodied wing men in the film are enough to keep you interested. ‘Baggage Claim’ pool of eligible hunks included Derek Luke (William Wright), Taye Diggs (Langston Jefferson Battle III), Boris Kodjoe (Graham), Trey Songz (Damien Diesel) and Djimon Hounsou) (Quinton Jamison). The cast also includes Tia Mowry and La La Anthony.
Jenifer Lewis (Catherine Moore) is Montana’s overbearing mother who heaps on guilt and advice from her five previous marriages. Her sassy philosophy is witty and shed insight on Montana’s upbringing.
Paula Patton (‘2 Guns’, ‘Disconnect’) brings more than just a pretty face to her character. Her portrayal of the always a bridesmaid never a bride, Montana reveals a vulnerable young woman desperately searching for happiness.
As William, Derek Luke (‘Sparkle’, ‘Antwone Fisher’) brings his outstanding acting skills to bring his character to life. He absolutely conveys the essence of their relationship. William is her best friend since childhood. He accepts her with all her flaws. He recognizes her potential and supports her unconditionally; he is the yin to her yang.
‘Baggage Claim’ is filled with laugh-out-loud scenes. Although, the storyline is predictable, it is great fun getting to its foregone conclusion.
Rated: PG-13 for sexual content and some language
Running Time: 96 minutes