'Baggage Claim' not ticket for originality
Paula Patton fizzes and flounces through “Baggage Claim,” a romantic comedy about a flight attendant who gives herself “30 days and 30,000 miles” to find some man to “put a ring on it” before her sister's wedding.
Patton plays Montana, doomed to make poor choices in men, so upset when her younger sister (Lauren London) announces her engagement that she resolves to have a wed-able date for that sister's nuptials.
Her mother taught her “You're not a lady until you're married,” and her mother's played by Jenifer Lewis, so that's to be expected.
So, Montana's obligatory gay flight-attendant pal (Adam Brody) and curvaceous, oversexed flight-attendant BFF (Jill Scott) use their professional connections to hurl Montana in the path of her most promising (and successful) exes by tracking their every airline ticket. Yeah, it's illegal and they know it, but she's worth it.
With the help of ticket sales clerks, baggage handlers and a hilarious TSA security screener (Affion Crockett), Montana makes flight after flight, reconnecting with music producer Damon (Trey Songz), aspiring politician Langston (Taye Diggs), international businessman Quinton (Djimon Hounsou) and others.
All the while, she's not quite grasping that the fellow she grew up with and now lives right across the hall from (Derek Luke) is her Forever Man.
The mechanics of getting Montana on the flights is the quickest and funniest part of the movie, with all the conference-call plotting with her pals and the tricks her airport-screener friend Cedric (Crockett) plays to get her through a line quickly, or stall others who need to be held up.
“I have NO life,” Cedric announces as he “wands” another passenger, “which gives me ALL day to ruin YOURS.”
Writer-director David E. Talbert, in adapting his own book, feels free to put Patton in the same guise — playing 10 years below her age, needy and marriage-obsessed — that she wore in “Jumping the Broom.” Scene after scene had me scratching my head, wondering if I'd seen this movie before. I have.
Making the cast play clichés and “types” give this romantic comedy too much baggage to overcome.
Roger Moore is a film critic for McClatchy-Tribune News Service.
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