Being Married Is Best
Starring: Paula Patton, Derek Luke, Taye
Diggs, Jill Scott, Boris
Kodjoe, Tremaine Neverson,
Adam Brody, Jenifer Lewis, Ned
Beatty, Lauren London, Tia
Mowry, La La Anthony,
Christina Milian, Affion
Crockett, Terrence J, Rickey
Smiley, Thomas Miles, Djimon
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 97 minutes
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures/News
Director: David E. Talbert
Executive Producer: Lyn Sisson-Talbert
Producer: Steven J. Wolfe, David E.
Writer: David E. Talbert
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
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The story follows the romantic travails of an attractive, sweet airline stewardess named Montana. Montana is desperate to find a quality man to bring to her younger sister’s engagement party in 30 days. All her life, she saw her mom setting a bad example with five marriages, and Montana has a string of ex boyfriends that are now successful in various fields. With her airport and airline friends around the country, she hatches a plan to find out if her best exes are traveling, what their routes are, and to use frequent flier miles and chicanery to wind up on the same flights as those men in hopes of striking a spark with one again.
Thus begins a fast paced and frequently funny jet set comedy in which she finds one disappointment after another with these men. Then, one man offers her a chance to travel the world with him. However, something doesn’t seem right, and Montana finds her real romantic answers might lie closer than she ever expected.
BAGGAGE CLAIM has some risqué humor, mostly in the form of comic banter from Montana’s friends about their flings. One of those friends is a homosexual character. Finally, there are a couple of scenes in which the men comically attempt to seduce her and fail. Montana refuses to have casual sex and ultimately makes some very good choices when her mother surprises her with a beautiful testimony about true love, a quality marriage, and the importance of both in life. The ending extols the benefits of lifelong marriage.
The ending of BAGGAGE CLAIM has its heart in the right place morally, despite the risqué moments and some foul language. Nevertheless, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution.
Paula Patton is luminous in a breakthrough role worthy of Julia Roberts in her prime. The cast of nearly all African-American actors is a refreshing change of pace. They bring a different, yet universal, perspective to this particular chase for true love. Writer/Director David E. Talbert may prove to be a creative force to reckon with in the future.
BAGGAGE CLAIM is a fast paced and frequently funny jet set comedy. Paula Patton is luminous in a breakthrough role worthy of Julia Roberts in her prime. The cast of nearly all African-American actors is a refreshing change of pace. The ending to BAGGAGE CLAIM extols the benefits of marriage and making a lifelong commitment. However, BAGGAGE CLAIM has some off-color moments and foul language. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution.