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- Some have criticized this movie for being outdated in its view of love and romance.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
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.
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
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).
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."
Language: Infrequent strong language includes "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," "damn," "idiot," and "hoochie."
Consumerism: Jimmy Choo shoes, Samsung Galaxy phone, Renaissance Hotel, Tiffany ring, Cartier bracelet.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Montana and other adults drink on the plane and at various dinners and parties. Montana gets drunk at a hotel.
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Unnecessary political jab by KMP727
My sister and I just saw this movie. It was a delightful, somewhat predictible but totally entertaining movie. One of the characters was an African American running for Congress. The writers couldn't just leave the plot alone. They just HAD to add an unnecessary political jab that got a couple of chuckles but left me shaking my head. I wish Hollywood could just stick to making movies and leave their political views out of the script. The movie went from a Must Go to a So-so for me.
Total fun chick flick by sfjames
This is fun movie...total chick flick with beautiful people. Good movie for girlfriends. I watched it with my sister and we absolutely loved it. I frankly do not understand the bad reviews. All chick flicks are predictable but it is still a fun ride.
Baggage Claim by ehandsome58
It was a predictable movie but it was funny. It was also a feel good movie and with all the negativity in the world today, sometimes that's all you need. I did most definitely enjoy the movie. I would see it again.
It was cute! by jatarakc
I love romantic comedies so this movie was pretty cool. It kept me laughing although it was super predictable. Just a nice fun movie for date night!
Baggage claim by koolwaterwoman
I thought the movie was very good. Jill Scott was amazing. And the other gentleman that worked with her was very good too. Must learn his name.
Enjoy it for what it is. by ThaJazziestReviewer
Taking this for what it is-a silly over-the-top comedy, meant for a few laughs and a message about love-I thought that it was a fun movie, that also had an inspiring message about STAYING in love. There are of course, a few criticisms. For one thing, they did a poor job of even anywhere near concealing who Montana was going to end up with. From his very first scene my best friend and I leaned in to whisper "She's going to end up with him." which took a lot of the fun out of watching her racing around to see the different "Mr. Might-Be-Right's". On the flip side, the mother was hilariously rude, and her two best friends Jill Scott and Adam Brody were well-used and funny in their roles. I think my major complaint would probably be Paula Patton as the lead. Her acting skills-if they can be called that-are a little too goofy and she seems to have two settings "Smiling and Clumsy" and "Mopey and Pouting" which is a BIG problem for a lead. But again, for what it was: Grab a gal-pal and go!
lovvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvve it MUST SEE IF YOU HAVE NOT by NEWDAWN031970
I loved this movie..Jill Scott was funny as heck .. Tia Mowry scenes were awesome..Paula Patton was an awesome lead in this .. The WHOLE CAST was just off the charts well played .. I would see it again and own this movie
Humerous... by wolf_2k6
A light, fun & entertaining movie.
The plot was under-developed. However, the film was engaging as a result of the acting.
The Actors were on point, with good emotion without over kill.
It was good to see new & more familiar actors involved in the production.
Rate the film a B+ for its entertainment value.
Baggage Claim Critics by jwilli1265
OK, who has ever seen a Romantic Comedy where the end was not predictable??
Let's be real. It's about the journey to get to that end that makes people return over and over again to these type of movies.
That being said, Baggage Claim was done very well. It had some very good lines, nice comedy, and a nice cast. Jill Scott stole the show.
Go see the movie. Even you non-romantic comedy folks will like it.
Baggage Claim by Film Critic
This delightfully caring movie undermines stereotypical negative black images with a positive portrayal of family, marriage, friendship and love. Humor abounds throughout this movie. Not suitable for young children due to the implied sex scenes. It was a wonderful way to spend a relaxing evening; preferably with someone you love.