The Back-up Plan (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Back-up Plan (2010)



Critic Consensus: Jennifer Lopez is as appealing as ever, but The Back-Up Plan smothers its star with unrelatable characters and a predictable plot.

Movie Info

A romantic comedy centered on a woman who conceives twins through artificial insemination, only to meet the man of her dreams on the very same day.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content including references, some crude material and language)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Kate Angelo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 24, 2010
Box Office: $37.5M
CBS Films - Official Site


Anthony Anderson
as Playground Dad
Tom Bosley
as Arthur
Robert Klein
as Dr. Harris
Adam Rose
as Louie
Cesar Millan
as Himself
Robert Klein
as Dr. Harris
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Critic Reviews for The Back-up Plan

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (37)

Just as in sitcoms, every conflict and resolution often takes place here within the very same scene.

Full Review… | December 23, 2014
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

The Back-Up Plan has all of the cliches of a bad rom com, but it's not enough to fall into that formula. It also tries to be a raunch fest

Full Review… | January 5, 2014
7M Pictures

Has an intriguing concept, but with tired jokes, dumb characters and uninspired direction, the execution is botched all around making for a perfect example of all that's bad with the romantic comedy genre.

Full Review… | September 7, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

Alan Poul's "The Back-Up Plan" is another film in a long line of films that are formulaic to the bone, containing little to no originality, all while following around characters that we could care less about.

Full Review… | September 24, 2012

Yes, you will get to see Lopez eat chili with her bare hands, but that's only half as disgusting as a close-up on a pregnancy test sinking into a pile of fresh dog vomit.

Full Review… | February 10, 2012

Nothing to see for anyone who's already viewed their fair share of formulaic romantic comedies.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for The Back-up Plan

Lopez's back-up plan should have been acting lessons. Lopez's performance was wooden and unconvincing. O'Loughlin was only marginally better. The script is nearly devoid of adult emotional response or innovation, almost like a Hallmark film. It's mildly distracting if you have nothing else to do while folding laundry at home but otherwise, the film is pretty useless.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

The only reason I ended up watching this was because it was the only thing on Showtime. I'm actually thought it was fun and cute. Alex O'Loughlin is such a babe.. too bad his costar was Jennifer Lopez.

Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer

Was much better than I expected. Actually one of my favourite chick flicks and I never thought I'd say that about this film until the ending. The ending was quite funny and left me with a smile on my face. It also helps that Alex O'Loughlin is absolutely gorgeous too look at it and that body is amazing.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

The Back-up Plan Quotes

Zoe: I'm going through some changes.
Stan: What, menopause?!
Zoe: Menopause, really? How old do you think I am!
– Submitted by Rosie O (4 years ago)
Zoe: You steal my cab!
– Submitted by Han N (4 years ago)
Stan: I love you.
Zoe: [throws up into sink]
Stan: Not the answer I was looking for.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)
Dr. Harris: I have a feeling you and CRM-1014 are going to make beautiful babies together.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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