Wednesday, October 9 2013, 11:27 AM MDT
Movie Review: Baggage Claim
2 out of 5 Stars
Director: David E. Talbert
Starring: Paula Patton, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Recommended To: Those looking for a unimaginative and overly sugary romantic comedy that uses every genre cliché.
Synopsis: Fearing that she might be the last woman in her family to get married, Montana Moore (Paula Patton) sets out to revisit all her former boyfriends in hopes of scoring a proposal as soon as possible.
Review: From its opening montage it’s clear that Baggage Claim is going to try and survive purely on the charm of Paula Patton and a script that is comprised entirely of clichés. The problem with this philosophy is that despite Patton’s considerable talent her performance is far too sugary sweet, cartoonish and superficial to be enjoyed. She’s trying too hard to win over the audience when a more natural performance would have made the film’s utterly generic and completely predictable story far more digestible. I understand that the romantic comedy genre isn’t known for its originality (although slumping box office returns suggest that it might need to be to survive), but Baggage Claim doesn’t even try to introduce anything new or fresh into the mix.
-Ryan Michael Painter