Movie review: ‘Baggage Claim’ goes around the romantic-cliché carousel
Published: September 27, 2013 02:16PM
Updated: September 27, 2013 09:37AM
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This film image released by Fox Searchlight shows Adam Brody, from left, Paula Patton, and Jill Scott in a scene from "Baggage Claim." (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight)

If an airline’s planes were as old as the jokes in the romantic comedy “Baggage Claim,” the FAA would shut the company down.

When we meet Montana Moore (Paula Patton), she’s a flight attendant whose latest romance has soured when she learns the guy (Boris Kodjoe) is married. So, with her little sister (Lauren London) engaged and her much-married mom (Jenifer Lewis) putting on the pressure, Montana becomes determined to find a husband.

Montana embarks on a cross-country trek to see if her ex-boyfriends are marriage material. The candidates include a rapper (Trey Songz), a congressional candidate (Taye Diggs), and a too-good-to-be-true tycoon (Djimon Hounsou), but still she ends up confiding in her platonic best friend since kindergarten William (Derek Luke).

Director David E. Talbert (“First Sunday”), adapting his own novel, lines up his one-note characters — including, yes, the sassy gay friend (played by Adam Brody) — through a series of shrill and humorless set pieces.

Patton, so lovely in supporting roles (“Precious,” “2 Guns”), is left to struggle in her first leading-lady role with a character who is annoying and, yes, flighty.

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‘Baggage Claim’

Opens today at theaters everywhere; rated PG-13 for sexual content and some language; 96 minutes.