Baggage Claim: Rated “PG-13” (1 hr. 36 min.)
Starring: Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe
Directed by: David E. Talbert
OK guys and gals if you are looking for a lighthearted RomCom that is all fluff and has no depth to it (the sort of film that Barbara Sugarman from Don Jon would like to watch), then this is the film for you. The story is about flight attendant Montana Moore (Patton) who (according to the mechanics of the script) learns that for some indeterminate and nonsensical reason) finds herself with only 30 days to find Mr. Right. So, using her airline connections as a stewardess to “accidentally” meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends and scour the field for potential candidates, to bring as a date to her younger sister’s wedding. While doing this, she racks up more than 30,000 miles and countless “comedic” encounters, all the while searching for the perfect guy.
Because of her very strong-willed mother’s multiple marriages, and constant nagging, both of these gals feel that it is somehow imperative to their own self-worth to be married. Needless to say, this is what fuels their desire to become hitched. Now determined to get engaged before her youngest sister’s wedding, Montana is willing to shred every Last bit of her own dignity and self-worth, just so she can show her mom that she is a “real” woman simply because she is on the arm of a man. (Seriously, is this really the reason that we want to be teaching our daughters, that they only have value when they are defined by the man that they are with? Have we really gone back to the previous century? Not this father.)
Sorry folks, wh8ile we understand the need for RomComs and chick flicks, we simply can’t sanction the type of drek that this film embodies. It is crap, and we heartily encourage everyone to simply shine it on and go see a real film.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.