The Life As Shay Report:
Baggage Claim was released in theaters last weekend but if you are looking for something to do this weekend and you haven’t seen this film, this movie comes highly recommended by The Life As Shay Report.
Last week, I attended the NAACP pre-screening of the film followed by commentary with the director himself, David E. Talbert, his wife, Lyn Talbert, and actress, Jennifer Lewis. I must say that I was not expecting what I saw.
The movie was literally one of the best Romantic Comedies that I have seen in a while. This is not your typical “black” film. It actually didn’t occur to me that it was an all African American cast until about mid-way through.
This is a laugh, cry, smile, feel-good, thought provoking film and THE LOVE SCENE was very interesting…like sexy but funny, in an awkward way! Not quite sure if that was what they were going for, but I LAUGHED!
So in the spirit of supporting the film, here are 10 things that you did not know about Baggage Claim:
- David E Talbert created the movie based on a book he wrote by the same title.
- The cinematography of the movie was greatly inspired by the movie Sleepless in Seattle.
- It took 3 years to complete the film in it’s entirety.
- They filmed the movie in 30 days.
- Lyn Talbert was featured in the film as Boris Kodjoe’s wife.
- Talbert admired the way that the characters of the films Cadillac Records and Sparkle were illuminated with flattering set lighting so he took great care in seeking the lighting designer from those films for this project.
- The book/film was based on actual experiences of a friend of Talbert’s wife.
- Talbert has a deal with Fox Search Light that ensures more major films in the near future.
- Trey Songz’s hot tub scene was one of the funniest.
- This film holds a greater purpose than a simple Romantic Comedy for actress Jennifer Lewis (Hear her thoughts on it below).