What’s up MMT family? It has been a busy week for me, but I took a break on Tuesday night and went to screen the romantic comedy “Baggage Claim,” the new Fox Searchlight film written and directed by playwright, author and filmmaker David E. Talbert. Now some may remember Talbert from his film directorial début “First Sunday,” which starred Ice Cube, Tracy Morgan and Katt Williams. But a true fan would remember him from one, if not all thirteen of the nationally acclaimed touring stage plays he’s created; my favorite of which was “His Woman, His Wife” starring Malik Yoba. But starting today, he will most certainly be known also as the creator of a really funny and romantic film, featuring a dynamic all-star African-American ensemble; including the talents of leads Paula Patton, Derek Luke and co-stars Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Adam Brody and Djimon Hounsou.
“Baggage Claim” tells the story of Montana Moore (Patton), a flight attendant whose marriage alarm is turned to high when her mother (the dynamic diva herself Jennifer Lewis) announces her baby sister’s engagement and pending nuptials. Not wanting to attend the wedding as the dreaded “old maid,” Montana’s friends (Scott and Brody) help her devise and execute a plan to catch a man, or a husband, within 30 days.
With respect to the romantic angle, the movie is fairly predictable; however it is the scheme devised by Montana and her friends, and the funny characters that are introduced because of said scheme, that makes the movie really enjoyable. Favorite and funniest scenes for me included those with cameos by Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Rickey Smiley, and Affion Crockett. And both Scott and Brody nailed their roles as Montana’s partners-in-crime; Scott especially as the comedic vixen who also was out to nail her a man, albeit for different reasons than Montana! And you know I don’t do spoilers, so I’ll leave it there. 🙂
Baggage Claim also presents A LOT of eye candy for ladies of all ages, with the likes of Kodjoe, Hounsou, Luke, Diggs and a special appearance by Trey Songz. Overall, I’d say it is a great movie for hanging out with friends and sharing some laughs, especially with a short 96 minute running time which makes it perfect for lunch/dinner and a movie. You can click here to read the synopsis and watch the trailer for “Baggage Claim which opens today nationwide. And for those who’d like a little more info on David E. Talbert and his productions click here.
Alright that’s it for me family. Stop back and let me know your thoughts when you see the film!
Until next thought, Thomasena