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The Back-up Plan (2010)



Average Rating: 3.6/10
Reviews Counted: 141
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 115

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


Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 29

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



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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.


Comedy, Romance

Kate Angelo

Aug 24, 2010


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All Critics (141) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (115) | DVD (3)

If this is a comeback, let's hope J-Lo's got something else up her sleeve.

May 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Why call it a movie when it's really more of an extended, cutesy TV episode that ought to come with a laugh track and a vibrator?

April 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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The premise was novel enough that I found it sweet and charming.

April 26, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comment (1)
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Lopez does a fine job mortifying herself in pursuit of physical humor.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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It's no big surprise that Lopez can still get laughs; she has a relaxed way with the camera that has mellowed and ripened over the years.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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To prep for The Back-up Plan, shed all notions of how grown-ups behave in the real world.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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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

January 5, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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.

September 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
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.

September 24, 2012 Full Review Source:

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.

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinematical

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

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

...comes off as an almost prototypical example of a modern romantic comedy...

April 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

This movie feels just like J-Lo's 'Back-Up Plan'.

October 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex

J-Lo je uspjena vlasnica trgovine koja se zakoračivi u 30-e mora suočiti s nimalo ugodnom spoznajom da nije pronala "Gospodina Pravog"

September 12, 2010 Full Review Source:

J.Lo romcom bursts with frank pregnancy, sex talk.

August 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

full review at Movies for the Masses

July 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Even though it's both silly and sappy, it has a vaguely realistic tone that lets us identify with the characters

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Comment (1)
Shadows on the Wall

The Back Up Plan is predictable, cliched and incredibly unbelievable. But that is part of its appeal.

May 18, 2010 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia) | Comments (2)
FILMINK (Australia)

Saunters along as if all concerned had decided that imagination and flair were either unnecessary or impossible.

May 13, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London | Comment (1)
This is London

Jennifer Lopez is famous for one reason only. And odds are, that's where she found the script for The Back-up Plan.

May 13, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World | Comments (8)
News of the World

It seems to have been filmed and hermetically sealed yearsago and only now, belatedly found on a shelf and trotted out.

May 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

The cast is fine but the film is strident and bland. Having an Audrey Hepburn DVD on standby might be the best back-up plan.

May 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The Back-up Plan is nothing if not a terrible movie.

May 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman

It's nice to have Jennifer Lopez back on the big screen - delivering the lines and handling the slapstick with ease. Here's hoping she has a hit on her hands and doesn't need a back-up plan.

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source:

A romcom that can't be called "formulaic" without insulting formulas everywhere.

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian

Jennifer Lopez has never looked better or acted worse than in The Back-Up plan, a formulaic chick flick that conveys a deep distrust, if not downright hatred, of child-bearing women.

May 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

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.
May 25, 2014

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.
August 17, 2011

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.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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I could totally pan this, but it would be way too easy. So first of all, the things I liked about it: the cute dog on wheels, the hilarious father of 3 in the park, Jlo's sharp tounged best friend. What I hated about it: everything else.
First of all, stupid unrealistic story line. Yes, I realise this is always the case in a romantic comedy, but while it is just about possible to suspend belief that the pair met and fell in love so quickly, asking us to believe the guy sticks around while she is pregnant with twins to a sperm donor, while she is acting like a hormonal nightmare is idiotic. I am a woman, and I was cheering him on to ditch her ass. I am sure that is not what they were aiming for.
Add to that the group birthing scene which belonged in a horror movie and you really do have to wonder how this one ever sounded like a good idea.
March 6, 2011

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