Indeed, the entire narrative and thematic trajectory is telegraphed early on when we meet Montana’s lifelong best friend William (Derek Luke, Sparkle), an extremely handsome but simple blue-collar salt-of-the-earth type that Montana has never looked at “in that way”. For all the cross-country and international mileage she endures in pursuit of the perfect man, maybe what’s she’s looking for is literally the guy next door who knows her better than anyone else. And on top of all that, his name is actually – I kid you not – Mr. Wright. Hmmm, wonder how this one’s going to end.

While it’s very hard to buy the gorgeous Paula Patton struggling in love, she makes for a very appealing romantic lead. Her comic instincts are good, and she exudes a sincere charm. Singer Jill Scott (Why Did I Get Married Too?) and Adam Brody (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) fill the perfunctory roles as Montana’s best friends, two characters whose lives exist solely for the purpose of helping Montana find true love.

The litany of beefcake prospects are led by Taye Diggs (TV’s Private Practice) who plays up the comedy, and the exotically debonair Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond), but they too exist solely to help Montana find and stay true to herself. The final stock character of the pestering mother is played well enough by Jenifer Lewis (Think Like A Man), but what’s asked of her is so one-note that when the inevitable reconciliation between her and Montana occurs, it feels false and forced.

For movies like this, the fun is not in the dramatic blindsides or deep revelations but, simply, in being a carefree entertainment. And for as shallow as much of the farcical (and sexual) escapades are, the blatantly-stated moral of "The magic isn't in getting married, it's in staying married" allows Baggage Claim to land on a message of traditional, enduring values.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol Content: Various scenes in which wine and champagne are consumed.
  • Language/Profanity: Three A-words, three S-words, three B-words (and two uses of “whore”), a D-word. Multiple sexual and vulgar expressions used throughout (various slang words and phrases for having sex, booty references), and occasional innuendos.
  • Sexual Content/Nudity: Scenes of embracing/kissing. Implied sexual activity, both overheard as well as beginning stages of men and women undressing (in slow motion), kissing on a bed while in underwear. A big, busty woman flirts with men in a few scenes, and expresses herself sexually. Various instances of men and women blatantly checking each other out (and one of the same sex). A reference to flavored condoms. A homosexual character appears throughout. Two men kiss. A man in a hot tub, only wearing underwear. A sequence of a woman in underwear trying on different tight clothes.
  • Violence/Other: Only comical exchanges. 

Publication date: September 27, 2013