Bubbly romantic-comedy, Baggage Claim, starring Paula Patton, won’t be remembered beyond the ride home after date night. It’s nothing more than your typical paint-by-numbers archaic African-American entertainment. And to prove it, the ensemble cast features nearly every popular actor of colour possible, including Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe, Jill Scott, Trey Songz and Djimon Hounsou. Furthermore, it proceeds to insult its female audience by suggesting that any woman without a man is a complete loser.
Patton plays a flight attendant (Montana Moore) who has had a long bad history with love. While she struggles with one bad relationship after the other, her sister announces that she is engaged. This sets off her chase (30,000 airline miles in just 30 days) to find Mr. Right in time for the wedding. With the help of her friends she sets up “chance” encounters with ex-boyfriends as potential marriage material. Meanwhile, her neighbor and good friend (William Wright played by Derek Luke) falls deeper in love with her. Unfortunately for him, she is too blind to notice his affections.
Yes, this is one of those romantic comedies that rely on misunderstandings and wild situations for laughs. The characters are paper-thin and the script is ripe with clichés (including stereotyping men down to cheaters, narcissists and playboys).
There are many words possible words to accurately describe Baggage Claim, but “contrived”, “silly”, “preposterous” and “predictable” are at the top of the list. And while not completely disappointing (there are few laugh out loud moments with Taye Diggs), Baggage Claim tries too hard to please and, ultimately, fails as being anything beyond average.