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Baggage Claim

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and some language.

Reviewed by: Laura Busch
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Romance Comedy
Length:
1 hr. 36 min.
Year of Release:
2013
USA Release:
September 27, 2013 (wide—1,800+ theaters)
DVD: February 4, 2014
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The film is based on David E. Talbert’s 2005 novel.

not being married, when you want to be

TRUE LOVE—What is true love and how do you know when you have found it? Answer

marriage in the Bible

fornication in the Bible

LUST—What does the Bible say about it? Answer

lust (WebBible Encyclopedia)

PURITY—Should I save sex for marriage? Answer

My boyfriend wants to have sex. I don’t want to lose him. What should I do? Answer

TEMPTATIONS—How can I deal with temptations? Answer

How far is too far? What are the guidelines for dating relationships? Answer

CONSEQUENCES—What are the consequences of sexual immorality? Answer

Sex, Love and Relationships
Learn how to make your love the best it can be. Discover biblical answers to questions about sex, marriage, sexual addictions, and more.

Featuring: Paula PattonMontana Moore
Tia Mowry-Hardrict … Janine
Adam BrodySam
Djimon HounsouQuinton Jamison
Christina Milian … Taylor
Taye Diggs … Langston Jefferson Battle III
Boris Kodjoe … Graham
Derek LukeWilliam Wright
Lauren London … Sheree Moore
more »
Director: David E. Talbert
Producer: Sneak Preview Productions
Lolita Files … associate producer
Chris Hazzard … co-producer
David E. Talbert … producer
Lyn Talbert … executive producer
Steven J. Wolfe … producer
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

“She’s done flying solo.”

Thirty days and 30,000 miles-that’s how long Montana (Paula Patton), an unlucky in love flight attendant, has to find a potential husband. Always a bridesmaid and never a bride, Montana cannot bear the thought of attending her youngest sister’s wedding without a man of her own in tow. Montana’s loyal flight attendant friends, Gail (Jill Scott) and Sam (Adam Brody) rally around their friend and hatch a crazy plan to use their airline connections to “accidentally” reunite Montana with her ex-boyfriends in hopes of rekindling a romance.

At the heart of this movie’s contrived and often silly plot lies a refreshingly traditional message about marriage that aligns itself with the Christian worldview. “The magic is not in getting married but in staying married,” explains Montana’s lifelong friend, William (Derek Luke), while offering her some advice about love that he learned from his parent’s marriage of over 40 years.

The eventual romance that develops between Montana and William upholds the positive ideal that a successful marriage is predicated on more than just physical appearance and sex, but an emotional connection that is built out of true friendship. Montana’s desire for commitment is another positive theme that underlies the film’s plot. Montana tells her friends that she wants “a husband not a man.”

Cinematically, “Baggage Claim” doesn’t attempt to be anything more than a formulaic romantic comedy, whose plot relies on the usual clichés of its genre. But these tried and true plot devices play out in a rather endearing way that delivers a handful of good laughs, as we watch Montana get herself into various capers on her quest for true love. While Patton’s performance feels forced at times, she still makes for a likable lead with whom many of the female viewers will be able to identify.

Negative Elements

While Baggage Claim’s central message that marriage is for life should be lauded, the film’s ethos is not without its problems. The secular culture’s views on relationships creep their way into the story. Montana has slept with all of her boyfriends, and Gail happily tells her that she can “have great sex” while she’s looking for her husband. Montana is seen in her bra and panties in several scenes. The overly flirty character of Gail is the source of much of the film’s offensive content from her many cleavage-baring outfits to the sexual double entendres that comprise much of her dialog. In one scene, Gail offers Montana cranberry flavored condoms for the Thanksgiving holiday. The character of Sam is openly gay and we also see one of Montana’s former suitors exchange a kiss with another man.

PURITY—Should I save sex for marriage? Answer

How far is too far? What are the guidelines for dating relationships? Answer

A moderate amount of foul language litters the dialog. There are approximately 3 uses of the s-word, 2 uses of b***h, and several uses of a**, d**n, and h**l. Other offensive language includes the use of words like whore, and God’s name is taken in vain approximately 10 times.

“Baggage Claim”’s refreshing message that marriage is for life makes it a better choice for a movie night than most Hollywood fare, but it’s certainly not without its baggage.

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.


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Negative—…Unlike most people my age, I disagree with premarital sex. I feel like you should truly get to know the person (which is longer than months, and marry them!) before you have sex, but I’m going to be honest, the whole concept of this movie sounds stupid. The woman is given 30 days to find a man, and her friends help her out. Sounds like a Disney movie for preteen girls. Plus, I was offended by the comment one of the characters made: “you’ll get to have great sex along the way.” And these people wonder why they’re almost 35 and still single. My advice is to skip this one. The film might be about marriage but deep down inside there’s not any morals.
—T., age 20 (USA)

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