Baggage Claim

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2

Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Adam Brody, Christian Milian, Derek Luke. Comedy. Written & directed by David E. Talbert.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Pledging to keep herself from being the oldest and the only woman in her entire family never to wed, flight attendant Montana (Paula Patton) embarks on a thirty-day, thirty-thousand-mile expedition to charm a potential suitor into becoming her fiancť. All the while she never considers the handsome best friend living next door. Well, not until the third act, anyway.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Itís a problem for reviewers when we see a film that has borrowed so much from so many. We who critique movies must remember that there are those out there who have yet to overdose on copycat comedies. The saying goes, thereís nothing new under the sun (or something like that), but when critics attend a romantic comedy that fits a formula right down to the leadís stereotypical sidekicks, he hopes at least for some originality. In the case of Baggage Claim, thereís nothing new and very little to recommend. But because it has a likable cast I will pretend I havenít seen everything in this film a hundred times and that you havenít either.

Paula Patton and Derek Luke are troopers. Though there is little reality connected to the plot or anything else to recommend this motion picture, the two leads are charismatic and likeable. Sheís lovely and heís coolÖOkay, Iím beginning to struggle with the rest. Letís seeÖwhat else can I say that comes close to being positive? Umm, oh, yeah, at the end she decides to marry for love, not money. Thatís good. The male leadís parents were married 40 years before the father died. They had a strong marriage and realized the magic wasnít in finding love, but maintaining it. Pretty good message. Okay

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Thatís it. Thatís all I could come up with. Itís the African-American version of a Doris Day movie. Which, in itself, wouldnít be bad. Itís just that Ms. Day was more adept with physical comedy than Ms. Patton, but most of her 1960s rom/com movies were silly in the extreme (With Six You Get Egg Rolls, Lover Come Back). What made them endurable was Doris Dayís on-screen chemistry with Rock Hudson, or Cary Grant, or James Garner. And occasionally you would find a funny line or bit of comic business that, although not new even then, was well done. Just canít say that about Baggage Claim. Iím not sure cast or crew will claim this baggage after its theatrical run.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Crude Language: There are many bawdy jokes, some downright crude, but not as many as most comedies right now Ė howís that for a recommendation?

Obscene Language: Four or five uses of the s-word and a few minor expletives.

Profanity: I caught none Ė yea!

Violence: None

Sex: Implied, but nothing graphic; the female sidekick is zaftig bawdy, the male sidekick is gay Ė gee, how original.

Nudity: None, though women are seen provocatively dressed a few times.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Some drinking; in one scene the female lead gets drunk.

Other: Nice putdown of black Republicans by the lead for those of you who hate the Republican party.

Running Time: 96 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and up

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