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The Back-up Plan Movie Review, Starring Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin 2010-04-23 07:00:00

The Back-up Plan: Pregnant With Problems

In Jennifer Lopez's new film, The Back-up Plan, she returns to romantic comedy mode as NYC single Zoe, who's ready to have a baby on her own. As luck would have it, the day she gets inseminated, she coincidentally meets a handsome stranger named Stan (Alex O'Loughlin), who — wouldn't ya know it — just may be the one for her.

Even though it's a comfort to see Lopez in the strappy sandals of a leading lady, pregnancy-centric The Back-up Plan takes her to new territory: namely, burping, stuffing her face with food, and peeing onscreen. These attempts to distance Lopez from her real-life glamorous image are the film's first reach for humor, but they flop like most of the film's other jokes. Some genuine romance could have made up for these blunders, but instead, the movie focuses on how hard relationships and pregnancy are — not how wonderful they are.

To hear why I didn't love J. Lo falling in love, just

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The biggest laughs come from the ingloriousness of being pregnant and giving birth, but their overworked bits — like home birth and a toddler breastfeeding — are all gags we've seen and heard before. The Back-up Plan wants to align itself with Knocked Up, but it's cast in a sad, dark shadow.

When it's not being used as a punchline, pregnancy is viewed as the obstacle keeping these two characters apart. Right off the bat, Zoe and Stan's courtship is less than picture perfect, and I don't just mean wacky first date antics — they fight the moment Zoe reveals that she's expecting her miracle baby. Stan doesn't understand, and what's more, he's angry at her. Though her bump is treated as a typical bump in the road, Zoe and Stan continue to argue as they try to make things work. (And this is supposed to be her dream man?)

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They deal with the kind of fights a new couple shouldn't have. They're the tired, combative fights that I don't want to see in a romantic comedy. Romantic comedies are a form of escapism — and I didn't escape here.


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NaturallyGlam NaturallyGlam 7 years
I watched this movie because I was bored even though I had initially said that I wouldn't.... I wish I had stuck to that. The movie was horrible and was along the same lines as JLo's other movies. I mean.... should we really expect more from a woman who did Gigli (or however it was spelled)? I miss the real acting she did in movie's such as Selena or Enough. JLo's acting is not fit for romantic comedies because it always looks faked. Her acting tends to take her more to the comedic/silly side then there being any real signs of romantic chemistry. The love story in this film seemed very rushed (you mean to tell me things got that far before her pregnancy was even confirmed!). And yeah... the pregnancy gags went a bit to far. It never seemed like she was doing it because it was uncontrollable, it seemed more like "let me prove what I can do and get away with it because I am pregnant." And the water birth scene was very unrealistic. Like another poster said, the 2 is very generous.
ep24 ep24 7 years
2 stars = generous
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Really, tlsgirl? I was shocked when Maid in Manhattan didn't get an Oscar ;)
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Hmmm, yeah, wasn't really expecting much after Maid in Manhattan, The Wedding Planner, etc. I think I'll wait until this is being shown on TV some night a few years from now when I've had too much wine. Sounds about right for a J. Lo romantic comedy.
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