Paula Patton tries her hand at romantic comedy in this week’s Baggage Claim. As Montana Moore, she channels early Julia Roberts mixed with Jennifer Aniston, as a woman with marriage on the brain. The film’s written and directed by David E. Talbert who also penned the novel from which it’s based. The movie delivers hilarious performances, but is far from perfect.
- Director: David E. Talbert
- Screenwriter: David E. Talbert
- Cast: Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Christina Milian, Taye Diggs, Lauren London, Jenifer Lewis, Jill Scott, Adam Brody, Djimon Hounsou, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Boris Kodjoe, Trey Songz, La La Anthony, Affion Crockett
- Cinematography by: Anastas N. Michos
- Original Music by: Aaron Zigman
Montana Moore is a flight attendant, who’s looking for love. Her mother (Jenifer Lewis) is obsessed with having her and her younger sister (Lauren London) married off. Unfortunately, none of Montana’s relationships have stood the test of time. When her sister becomes engaged, she backtracks to see if any of her exes have evolved since their last encounter. With the help of her airline pals, she travels across the globe to see if her future is in her past.
- Balance: Baggage Claim is a comedy with several heartfelt moments. It contains outlandish setups that become grounded when the characters deal with the emotional fallout.
- Cast: Many of these actors have worked together in the past. The cast’s chemistry is undeniable. Everyone is talented but three stars stand out: Taye Diggs, Jill Scott and Adam Brody. Diggs showcases a side of himself that we’ve never seen before. And as Montana’s BFFs, Scott and Brody hilariously embody the angel and devil aspects of her conscience.
- The premise: Most romantic comedies have ridiculous plots. We know this. But that doesn’t change the fact that we can’t relate to flying across the globe (multiple times) hoping to “bump into” an ex. That’s where you have to turn off your brain and give in to movie magic.
- Montana Moore: This character is an archetype. We’ve seen this personality before, but at times she comes across as too flighty (no pun intended). She could be borderline annoying but Patton’s natural bubbly personality makes you want to stick with her.
- Obstacles: Montana has to jump through way too many hoops. Bad run-ins with two or three guys would have sufficed. She goes from man to man, and at each point learns a lesson about herself. It’s great in theory, but is a little tedious in practice.
Baggage Claim isn’t an original or groundbreaking film. It sticks within the parameters of its genre, which is fine. The screenplay’s not perfect but is saved by its outstanding cast.
The Rating: 7.5/10
Baggage Claim opens in theaters September 27.
Will you be seeing Baggage Claim this weekend?