Baggage Claim: movie review
Writer-director David E. Talbert goes for quantity over quality in this paint-by-numbers rom-com, taking every genre chestnut and multiplying it by the power of ten. Sassy, oversexed BFF: How about two? Wacky montage: Why not a dozen? The Miss Lonelyhearts of the hour, flight attendant Montana (Paula Patton), is cobbled together from random bits and pieces of past heroines (Naive! Clumsy! Sexy!), and is pretty much an insult to women everywhere. Meanwhile, the endless string of men who court her—thanks to an implausible central conceit that isn’t even worth explaining—are all uniformly handsome, wealthy and problematic.
Talbert’s directing is on par with a prescription-drug commercial, and in case you have a brain injury and thus are at all confused where this cartoonish film is heading, just keep an eye out for the guy who is named—we kid you not—Mr. Wright.