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  • 2.0

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    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 30

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    Variety Peter Debruge

    Chemistry you can fake, but charm is far harder to pull off, and Baggage Claim never quite succeeds on that front.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Village Voice Ernest Hardy

    There are a handful of laughs, but nothing to balance the onslaught of clichés.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    A few smart laughs hint at what might have been, but thanks to sitcom-y mugging and a tepidness beneath the intended hilarity, David E. Talbert’s romantic comedy is stuck in a holding pattern for much of its running time.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Bruce Ingram

    Patton lightens the aggravation, for the most part, by combining a likable presence with a knack for physical comedy and a willingness to hop into dumpsters, etc., as needed, making the most of the script’s meager opportunities for comedy.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It would have worked better if the silly premise had been played for farcical satire, rather than following the cookie-cutter rules of the romantic comedy playbook.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Paula Patton is such a terrific actress that even in the ultra-tacky romantic comedy Baggage Claim, she gives a luminous, thought-out performance, not just walking through but digging into the role of an eager, nervous doormat with a people-pleasing grin.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Predictable romcom sends iffy messages about love, marriage.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Baggage Claim is a romantic comedy about a flight attendant who follows her exes on flights to see whether they can rekindle their old spark. Although there's only one actual sex scene (no actual nudity, thought the couple strips down to their underwear and gets into bed), there are plenty of references to doing it (i.e. "boning") and getting it on. Some high-end labels and products are featured, and strong language, while infrequent, includes "bitch," "a--hole," and "s--t." The movie's messages about romance and relationships are very mixed, ranging from the positive adage that it's not "getting married" that's important but "staying married" to the iffier ideas that you have to be married and have kids to be a true woman and that a strong woman needs to let her husband "lead."

  • Families can talk about whether Baggage Claim's relationship advice and messages about women's roles in society and marriage are appropriate for teens. Who is this movie targeted at? How can you tell?
  • Some have criticized this movie for being outdated in its view of love and romance. Do you agree? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values on these subjects.
  • Did you notice any stereotyping in this movie? Why do you think it's so tempting to fall back on known "types" when it comes to certain kind of characters?

The good stuff
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    Messages: On the one hand, there's a positive message about marriage being more than just a wedding day. William (whose parents were married for 40 years) tells Montana (whose mother has been married five times) that the "magic isn't in getting married, it's in staying married"). On the other hand, Montana seems desperate to be "anybody's woman," and her entire 30-day plan seems selfish in order not to be one-upped by her engaged baby sister. Her desire to be married in order to be thought of as "a lady" -- and her mom's message that being a woman means being married with kids -- isn't exactly empowering for young women. But Montana does eventually learn that love and marriage should be based on friendship and trust, not an arbitrary timeline.

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    Role models: William is an unconditional friend to Montana, even though she takes him for granted. Sam and Gail really want Montana to find love and are willing to put their jobs (and their spare time) on the line to help her find it (though, on the other hand, their characters are pretty stereotypical). Quinton, of all of Montana's suitors, is honest and kind about his intentions and hopes for their romantic future.

What to watch for
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    Violence: One woman threatens to kill her boyfriend when she believes he's in her apartment with another woman. She starts breaking things and screaming that she's going to beat him (and the other woman). Also some moments of physical comedy (like Mo falling out of a trash can or Sam and Gail play-slapping each other).

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    Sex: One sex scene (the woman strips down to her bra and panties as her lover takes off his shirt and pants on the bed), one scene in which a man is shirtless in a hot tub trying to coax a dressed woman to join him, and a few other kisses. Two people cheat on their partners. Gail refers to sex and her past experiences a lot (for example, she gives Montana a box of cranberry-flavored condoms), and Sam tells her that "everyone knows you like to bone."

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    Language: Infrequent strong language includes "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," "damn," "idiot," and "hoochie."

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    Consumerism: Jimmy Choo shoes, Samsung Galaxy phone, Renaissance Hotel, Tiffany ring, Cartier bracelet.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Montana and other adults drink on the plane and at various dinners and parties. Montana gets drunk at a hotel.