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Love takes flight in David E. Talbert’s ‘Baggage Claim’

Colette Greenstein | 9/26/2013, 12:16 p.m.
Djimon Hounsou (L) and Paula Patton (R) in Baggage Claim. Fox Searchlight

Patton (who signed off on every casting choice for the movie), says, “Derek is an amazing actor. He really loves his wife and you have such respect for her. It just emanates from him and there’s this warmth. We immediately clicked. There’s sweetness, innocence, a kindness in his heart.”

Both Patton and Talbert have nothing but high praise for Luke. Jokingly, Talbert says “Derek has never smiled in a movie before. This is the first movie that Derek has smiled in his career. When he smiles, he lights up the world.” The playwright describes Luke as having that “everyman quality … this grounding quality that he has.” Jenifer Lewis, who plays Catherine, Patton’s five-times-married mother in the film, has nothing but high praise for her co-stars and for Talbert. “I’ve never seen men who love their wives so. I admire that.”

Ultimately, Baggage Claim is about love and the search for that someone right, but the movie makes it clear that finding that someone right in oneself is important too. Patton says, “There are two happy endings…. It’s about a woman who stands up to her family, who says I don’t care what you think anymore and from this journey comes to love herself.”

The second happy ending happens when she’s stopped looking for a man and “he comes along.” Patton also appreciates the fact that “the man she meets knows all her baggage and loves her in spite of that.”

Baggage Claim opens in theaters nation-wide on Sept. 27.