‘Baggage Claim’ Charms and Delights

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    Based on the book by writer/director David E. Talbert – Baggage Claim follows the beautiful and single flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton – Jumping the Broom, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol). When she finds out her younger sister is getting married in 30 days, she sets out on a whirlwind journey across the country to find a fiancé before the big day.

    Patton calls “Baggage Claim” “a real passion project.”

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    “It’s not very often that a black woman gets to be a star in a romantic comedy. It’s a dream come true,” she says. “It was one of those scripts that when I read it, I laughed out loud – it’s so well-written.”

    Comedic encounters ensue throughout the movie as Montana searches for the perfect guy. Using her airline connections, Montana tries to re-spark a love connection with one of her frequent-flier ex-boyfriends – who include a congressional hopeful (Taye Diggs), a music producer (Trey Songz), and a real estate mogul (Djimon Hounsou). Throughout her search for love – Montana shares regular progress reports with her childhood buddy, William Wright (Derek Luke).

    Rounding out the cast are Jenifer Lewis, Jill Scott, La La Anthony, Tia Mowry and Rickey Smiley.

    At the heart of “Baggage Claim” are Talbert’s engaging characters and witty dialogue. Patton says hopefully, moviegoers are encouraged to never give up on love and have faith. “It’s more important to love yourself, and find somebody that likes you just the way you are, with all your baggage, flaws and all.”

    Writer-director Talbert, says he aims to give hope to other women – and men – with his film.

    “I’ve been married for 14 years to an amazing woman and I fall in love with her again all the time,” he says. “I don’t just believe that true love can exist, I know it does.”

    Baggage Claim is in theaters September 27. For more information, visit http://www.foxsearchlight.com/baggageclaim/.

    Rated, PG-13. Running Time: 97 Minutes.

    (Photos: 1. Derek Luke and Paula Patton at a press junket for the film 2. Luke, Patton and writer/director David E. Talbert)

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