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‘Baggage Claim’ Review: Cliched & Cheesy Rom-Com Reuses Old Storyline

In the first 15 minutes of Baggage Claim, there is a slow-motion love scene that is the cheesiest (and funniest) two minutes I’ve seen in movies all year. People were laughing in the audience to the point of snoring and the eye rolls were so outstanding I could practically hear them. That’s when I knew I had to prepare myself for an over-the-top, clichéd romantic comedy.

Director and writer David E. Talbert (2008’s First Sunday) creates an array of interesting characters, but cheapens the story with ooey-gooey dialogue and a story that’s way too similar to 2011’s What’s Your Number? starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans.

Thirty-something flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton) is determined to meet Mr. Right before her younger sister’s wedding. So over the next 30 days, her friends and fellow flight attendants Gail (Jill Scott) and Sam (Adam Brody) do whatever it takes to hack the system and track down all of Montana’s eligible ex-boyfriends. Whenever one of the exes is flying with her airline, Montana rushes to the airport so she can “run into” them on the specified flight, in hopes to spark old chemistry. Gee…why didn’t I think of that when I was looking for a date!

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Montana’s childhood friend William (Derek Luke), who happens to live across the hall from her, thinks her plan to find a man is ridiculous (he’s not the only one) and tries to convince her to take it easy and find someone naturally.

Paula Patton is gorgeous and a fine actress, but her character isn’t the smartest or most likable, which makes it really hard to fly around the country with her acting all desperate and crazy. The actors who play her various exes include Trey Songz, Djimon Hounsou and Taye Diggs aren’t given more than a few scenes here and there to show they aren’t worthy of Montana.

The two saving graces of the film were the fantastic supporting performances by Jill Scott and Tia Mowry. Scott plays Montana’s hilarious BFF, who steals every scene she’s in and was the only reason I laughed in the movie at all. Mowry is welcomed back on to the big screen playing the manager of Trey Songz’s character. The best scene in the movie involves Mowry screaming at Paula Patton and Trey Songz through a locked door. It’s truly the best 5 minutes of the film.

There’s nothing wrong with a clichéd, feel-good romantic comedy, but this film was packed full of asinine dialogue and told a story we’ve already seen done before.

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