Paula Patton and cast deliver mediocre performance in Baggage Claim

30 Sep

Baggage-ClaimAfter learning her much younger sister (Lauren London) is engaged, Flight Attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton)  enters panic mode and decides she has 30 days to find a suitable man/potential husband as a date to the wedding. Realizing 30 days isn’t long enough to find a new suitor, Montana’s cliched pals the single, gay Sam (Adam Brody) and oversexed Gail  (Jill Scott) use their airline connections to stalk her exes in hopes of rekindling an old flame.

During her adventures, Montana encounters even more cliched mates – the seemingly successful player (Trey Songz), an aspiring senator with control issues (Taye Diggs), and globe-trotting millionaire too fabulous to be tied down by commitment (Djimon Hounsou) – but luckily her lifelong best friend William Wright (get it, Mr Wright?)  is just across the hall to console Montana when needed.  Between spending time with her bestie, jet-setting around the country and observing her five times married mother (Jenifer Lewis), Montana changes her mind about how, and why, she’s searching for her perfect mate.

Baggage-Claim-3Its obvious from the moment we meet “Mr. Wright” (Derek Luke) exactly where this story will go but the pair seem to lack the chemistry  expected between two childhood friends discovering their each other’s soulmate. A much better connection exists between supporting characters Sam and Gail as both manage to outshine Patton every now and then with their excellent comedic timing. For an actress not accustomed to being cast as “the vixen”, Scott does a great job but tends to fall flat when trying to make her character multi-faceted. Scott is not alone – with the exception of Diggs, almost every actor, even Lewis who has played the sassy overbearing mother time and time again, at some point either fails in an attempt to overact or simply comes up short.

Baggage Claim is your typical predictable rom-com. Its casting focuses more on famous eye candy than top-notch talent and every last character represents a tired cliche.  Overall, the story is decently written with entertaining jokes – mainly scenes that include Diggs – but from time to time there’s a line that could have used just one more edit.  It has its shortcomings – lack of chemistry between characters, a well selected soundtrack with each song set to cliched moments,  and the most skilled actors (Tia Mowry, Taye Diggs, Adam Brody) are given far less screen time than the less talented stars but all things considered Baggage Claim is a nice laugh.

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