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- Some have criticized this movie for being outdated in its view of love and romance.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?