"Baggage Claim" what happened, you tried to make yourself so easy to love but failed miserably. You had an all-star cast, a cliché but promising story line and all the man candy that any girl could want. But for some reason even the cute guys weren’t enough to make this movie enjoyable.
While Paula Patton's performance was awful and since she plays the lead character, Montana, she gets most of the blame, she wasn’t the only problem with this movie. The movie is about Montana, who wants to find someone to go with her to her sister’s engagement party. So her friends, played by Adam Brody and Jill Scott, hatch a plan to has her flying all over the US to meet up with old boyfriends and see if she likes any of them better than before. Yes, I know it sounds stupid, but most romantic comedies sound dumb and cliché but somehow end up being good. Since all of the blame can't be on Paula Patton, here are some other reasons why the movie is a waste of money:
1) Clichés - This movie is so full of clichés that I spent most of my time rolling my eyes instead of watching the movie. They had everything from the gay best friend who spoke words of wisdom, the slutty best friend and the sassy black friend (both played awfully by Jill Scott), the hot exes who are all screwed up and finally the guy next door who is the one for her. The movie was already predictable, but predictable doesn’t always have to be boring and throwing a surprise or two doesn't hurt.
2) Wasted Talent- Tia Mowry and Trey Songz stole the movie in the 10 minutes that they were on the screen. Someone should start writing a movie about them (hopefully not the person who wrote this movie) and all of their drama because they were the only funny things about the movie. That could have been the surprise moment in the movie if they hadn’t already given it away in the previews.
3) Writing- I won’t pretend that writing a movie is easy, but this movie felt like the writer sat down one Saturday and turned on ABC Family and saw that they were having a chick flick marathon. Then took things from each of the romantic comedies that they saw and put it in the movie. Then tried to add some “funny” lines of their own to make it original and cute, which is wasn’t.
4) Bad Acting- Paula Patton starred in Jumping the Broom a few years ago, where she seemed to play young and naïve really well, but she just couldn’t seem to pull off anything here except dazed and confused. The scene where she was supposed to be drunk, actually came off as her most sober scene of the movie. But she wasn’t the only problem, Jill Scott’s push up bra was trying too hard as well and did most of the work in all the scenes it was in. But the award for least convincing gay best friend in a comedy movie has to go to Adam Brody, I think he just needed a pay check and that is the only reason he signed up for this movie. I don't know what happened because Seth Cohen was a funny dude, too bad he wasn’t in this movie.
5) Boris Kodjoe 3 minutes cameo- The final problem with this movie is that since they showed the guys in the previews so much, maybe they should have been in the movie longer. Boris Kodjoe’s only job in the movie was too look cute and rich, he could have pulled that off for 20 more minutes before any of the women in the audience would have cared. He was only in the movie for 3 minutes topped before she was moving on to another guy. Boris it too cute to only have a 3 minute cameo. And also some of the other guys should have had longer camera time especially since they lured the audience in with the promise of cute guys.
If for some reason you have read this and still want to go watch this in the theatres, when movies in NYC cost $12 and up, do so at your own risk. And for those who saw it already, comment below and tell me what you thought about it.