Flighty Love

Paula Patton in Baggage Claim (2013)

Flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton) has been the bridesmaid many a time but never a bride, something her much married mum Catherine (Jenifer Lewis) likes to remind her of especially as her 30th birthday is coming. With her younger sister getting married Montana is on a mission to find herself the right man before the wedding and to be engaged as well. It leads to Montana and her flight attendant friends using her connections at the airline to scour the computer systems for passengers who are potential Mr. Rights and many a flight across country to find her man.

With the premise of a young woman desperate to find herself a man by the time her sister's wedding come rounds, an opening narration from the woman which explains she has been a bridesmaid several times and the idea of flying all over the place to find her dream man the only surprising thing about "Baggage Claim" is that this isn't a TV movie. Pretty much everything else, from Montana discovering an ideal man is a married love rat to her spying on him and fantasizing about their future together it is straight out of a TV movie. And like with most made for TV romantic comedies "Baggage Claim" is also extremely obvious.

But "Baggage Claim" is not a made for TV movie and once in a while it tosses a scene in there which you wouldn't find in a TV movie. Take an early scene where Montana flies off to see the man she had been dating and after a romantic trip on a boat they end up in bed. There is a sexiness to that bedroom scene which you definitely wouldn't see in an equivalent TV movie. But beyond the occasional sexy scene and a few actors who you wouldn't see in a TV movie there is nothing here which is out of the ordinary right down to a certain character's surname.

What this all boils down to is that "Baggage Claim" may entertain that certain demographic who enjoys made for TV romantic comedies. But those who don't and watch this on the big screen are likely to be hugely disappointed by its dumb, obvious romantic comedy nature.

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