If you’ve seen commercials for David E. Talbert’s Baggage Claim, you probably were thinking to yourself at the time, “Another Rom-Com!? I’m not about to spend my money on that!” I know that’s what I was thinking when I first heard about it months ago. Hey, just keeping it real. But after checking out the film for myself, I have to say, it’s worth every dime.
As the premise goes, Paula Patton plays Montana Moore, a 30-something flight attendant who gets the wake-up call of her (love) life when her little sister (Lauren London) gets engaged. She can’t be the only woman in the family not married! She makes it her mission to find herself a man and get engaged by the time her sister is set to have an engagement dinner–but how does one do that? Moore and her friends Gail and Sam (Jill Scott and Adam Brody) help her track down her ex-boyfriends on commercial flights so that she can “run into them” and make a love connection happen. In the process, fun foolery ensues, and by the end, you’ll be as delightfully surprised as I was. Here are five reasons why you should check out Baggage Claim. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
No, really. It’s not what you think it should be: a stale Jumping The Broom-type of comedy (no offense Paula). Instead, it’s a surprisingly hilarious film where Patton shines through (without being too bubbly in an annoying way) and literally embraces physical comedy. Folks are jumping in garbage cans, running through airports, getting hit by cabs and more–all in the quest to help Patton’s character of Montana Moore get a man. What would you do for love?
Mad Eye Candy
This might be an understatement. Damn near every guy in the movie has been in somebody’s wet dreams over the years (probably without clothes). Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe, Terrence J, Trey Songz, Derek Luke, Djimon Honsou, and more are just a few of the gorgeous guys I ogled on-screem. From every shade of the chocolate rainbow your eyes will be blessed with, and a few of the brothas will show you what their working with in bubble bath and bedroom scenes. *Drools*
The Supporting Characters Are Everything
If there wasn’t already enough reasons to love Jill Scott, this movie might give you another. She’s absolutely hilarious as the bus+y and flirty Gail, who gives terrible advice on love while trying to keep her own dating life afloat. And then there’s Adam Brody of The OC fame who plays Sam. He’s saucy and will literally have you damn near in tears with his comical observations about the men in Montana’s life. And the interactions between Scott and Brody are just as funny.
See A New Side Of Taye Diggs
When I see Taye Diggs, I don’t see funny. Honestly, I see the Broadway play Rent, and there’s nothing funny about that. However, in this film, Diggs plays a pretentious politician (a Republican at that) named Langston who’s all about being in charge and keeping his lady in the background. With his toy dog Juicy and his speech-giving tactics everywhere he goes, Diggs manages to keep you in stitches as the pompous political player the whole time.
Support Black Folks
Romantic comedies are making a comeback. And while they’re not like some of our favorites from yesteryear, ones like Baggage Claim are refreshing and entertaining, and deserve your eyes and dollars. It’s been promoted well and the end result is actually pretty well done. Go ahead and support some good looking black folks.