5 Reasons You Should Spend $13 (Or More) To See “Baggage Claim”

September 27, 2013  |  

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.

It’s Funny…No, Seriously

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.

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  • faith

    I saw the movie and I loved it as well. I thought it was a great movie. I was really surprised. I thought for sure it was going to be the typical black love story. A bunch of people lying and cheating on each other. But it was not. Please go out and support this so we can get other future good black movies.

  • Beautynsoul

    I support black films, but something about this movie doesn’t pull me! But I still wish all the cast members the best of luck.

  • VAgirl

    I’ve seen it, and I thought it could’ve been a little better. It had its funny moments, but after seeing it, I think it’s something I could’ve waited to get on DVD. Nonetheless, I’m glad that I supported my fellow african americans.

  • Just saying!!

    lmaooo did anyone else read “Langston who’s” and hear “Langston Hughes” in their head? hahahaha

  • Ms. Tress

    The movie looks lame but bcus I’m black it’s my duty to see it. :-/

    • blogdiz


  • FromUR2UB

    I might check out the movie, but don’t like the plays of his that I’ve seen on BET, Sunday mornings. Despite that the actors are recognizable names, the acting is really bad. Don’t understand how people who have some acting experience can be that bad. Maybe it’s because they usually play in sitcoms and don’t have much dramatic acting experience. I haven’t like Tyler Perry’s plays either, but love his movies, so maybe it’ll be like that for me with Talbert’s movies. I guess they have to raise their game with film, so they’re better.

  • It does have potential, but I’m not a fan of a number of people in the production (Taye Diggs, Paula Patton, Boris Kodjoe). I like David E. Talbert, and I do like to support Black films, but still. If someone buys the DVD, I may watch it.

  • Child_Puhleez

    I don’t do chick flicks (rom-coms incl.) Sorry!

  • Val

    This film has some serious colorism issues. But, people I know who’ve seen it liked it.

    • DCgirlnmd

      Colorism issues?? In what way?

  • me

    This was a fun movie. I enjoyed it.

  • Natasha1981

    Since my cousin went to go see this movie last night and told me she didn’t like it, I’ll wait for it to come out on DVD.

  • Dre

    I appreciate this article. Now I’m even more anxious to watch. However, how could you not see Mr. Taye Diggs as a comedian?! (No offense) Have you not seen the movies, “The Wood,” “Brown Sugar,” or “Malibu Most Want?!” Taye Diggs is absolutely hilarious! I’m glad to know he’s bringing the funny again in this flim.

    Thanks for your review!

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  • Courtney Banks

    I’m not interested in these type of movies even with a bunch of white people… I don’t know maybe the trailers weren’t doing it any justice…. I might.

    • t_99

      I have zero interest in movies of this type (yawn). I saw a review of it on the news yesterday, and the reviewer said that the movie was funny, but predictable.

      • Courtney Banks

        It’s the same tired cliche movie, she needs a man to be complete. But it’s the best friend that she ends up with, who was there all along..

        • Sophie Accosi

          The best friend named “Mr. Wright.” Don’t forget that corny part.

  • Ash

    I just saw it tonight and it’s better than I expected. I don’t think it’s a movie you should take too seriously, just have a good laugh.

  • kane

    One of my friends said it was awful and the acting was atrocious. No thank you, black folks or not, if its bad its not getting my money.

    • Just saying!!

      How do you decide whose opinion is more valuable? It’s bad because “one of your friends” said so?

      • Sophie Accosi

        Yeah, I would say most people would value the opinion of a friend, one who hopefully has similar interests and ideas, than, say, a site devoted to supporting black ______’s no matter what.

  • Erica Kane

    Hmmm…I might check it out. Not really sold on the premise though. Tired of rom-coms featuring women desperate for a man or a ring.

    • IllyPhilly

      I’m with you. I’m not gonna front, I might catch it on bootleg first.

      • Nikia D-Shiznit

        I second that.

      • Erica Kane

        Lol I was gonna comment something similar but stopped short. I do support black films but junk is junk. These high-a$$ theaters got me sneaking food and drinks in. If I gotta do all that the movie should at least be good. Unless the movie is special-effects-heavy, I’m not usually tempted to go anymore.

        • FromUR2UB

          Sometimes I think the theatres WANT to encourage people to smuggle food in, charging a minimum of $7 for some stupid popcorn that probably cost them less than $0.10. I refuse to spend my money at the concession.

          • Erica Kane

            Lol! I get it–the theaters don’t make money off the film, they make it off of concessions. Why can’t they get something better than stale popcorn? Why do they expect me to pay $4 for Jujubees when the grocery store in the same shopping center charges $3 less? My grandfather told me going to theaters used to be an experience. That ish is lacking now

            • Yvonne Watkins

              You used to be able to go to a move and see TWO features for the price of one. I remember seeing Five on the Black Hand Side and Lady Sings the Blues together. Those were the days!

    • bluekissess

      Thats only part of the premise.

      • Erica Kane

        Well if she wasn’t running around w/a deadline, trying to not only find a man but a ring too, there wouldn’t be a movie. How about a fresh take? I wanna see some fine men scrambling around (hell, compete even!) for a woman for a change. Who wrote The Best Man, The Wood, Love and Basketball or Brown Sugar? Bring em’ back! LOL

        • bluekissess

          What I got from the movie was more than that. I think women of today are somewhat pressured to get married by friends, siblings and mothers. It shows that if you aren’t married at a certain age your looked down on. She wanted to please people instead of pleasing herself. She wanted to conform to others rules on love instead of knowing her own. She also learned that the past was past for a reason. It’s all how you interpret it. Eventhough it was predictable it was entertaining and not serious

          • Erica Kane

            I appreciate your thoughtful and intelligent perspective on that. Did it convince me to cough up $13? I’m still on the fence lol. If nothing else, this could be a cheaper girls night alternative to the tired club scene. I’ll give it more consideration. 😉

            • bluekissess

              I didn’t cough up $13 I coughed up $7 lol. It’s called the matinee

              • Erica Kane

                LOL girl I work two jobs! Ain’t nobody got time for that! But where I live in San Diego, $13 is pretty much the standard. I’ve heard of a place that has cheap tickets on Tuesday, but you see my point LOL. Might wait around for a few more weeks and see what the word-of-mouth is. New releases just don’t get me that amped anymore. All about that Walking Dead though LOL

                • bluekissess

                  I’m from San Diego as well and I was surprised about the $7. I thought I was gonna at least cough up $10 lol. It was just something to do.

                  • Erica Kane

                    HAHA! Well that’s wussup! *waves* “Heeeeey boo!” LOL I’m gonna need more info on that theater, then!

                    • bluekissess

                      I just went to the theater in Plaza Bonita in National City.

                    • Erica Kane

                      Ok, I think that’s the AMC one! I live near the one in Mira Mesa. I wonder if they have something going on up here that is similar? Lemme get to researching that. Thanks for the tip.

                    • bluekissess

                      No problem

          • Guest

            @ bluekissess

            That’s what I got from the movie too. People are so quick to speak negatively about a movie without even giving it a chance first. I saw it last night and it was good, not as good as the older romantic comedies such as The Best Man, Love and Basketball but it was decent. I loved Jill Scott’s character. She was funny and also that gay white guy. He was hilarious. The eye candy really got me to watch this film honestly.

            I really don’t like David E. Talbert’s plays on BET so I was reluctant to watch this. Also, I don’t think Paula Patton is a good actress but it was still pretty funny overall with a good message that many single women can relate to.

  • bluekissess

    I watched it and enjoyed it. I never found Taye Diggs s*xy until I seen him in this film (those juicy comments tho), Jill Scott was funny, Trey Songz was funny. It was entertaining. But, ever since Boris made those “stay in shape” comments I kinda sucked in my teeth and rolled my eyes. I feel some type a way towards him. Even Derek Luke was enjoyable and I’m not really a fan of his. Support black films

    • blogdiz

      I have no problem with Paula Patton but you do realize that of the 6 women in this movie , 3 were half white 2 light skinned Hispanics and the one darer women was of course the overweight and sassy side kick . Seriously this is a “black film “that I should support it’s this nonsensical thinking why we continue to have these one dimensional stereotypes being shoved down our throat …Next