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"Baggage Claim": A Flight Attendant's Search for Love on the Ground 

Wednesday, Sep 25 2013
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Baggage Claim Based on his own book, director David E. Talbert's Baggage Claim is a romantic comedy that doesn't try too hard to rise above the standard formula, but is perfectly pleasant for what it is. Feeling pressure from her mother to conform to certain expectations about women and marriage, flight attendant Montana (Paula Patton) is determined to land her own fiancé to take to her younger sister's impending wedding. Patton is funny and likeable in the lead, and the supporting cast also pulls its weight; Talbert's decisions to dress the obligatory Gay Best Friend (Adam Brody) in a plaid jacket and bow tie the way no gay man in New York would ever dress is either tone-deaf or a stroke of genius, Taye Diggs' politician nails one of the better Libertarian jokes you'll hear this week, and even though Ned Beatty's cameo is wasted in a tired "old people are racist" stereotype, it's nice to see him working again.

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