The Back-up Plan


The Back-up Plan

Critics Consensus

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.

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Critic Reviews for The Back-up Plan

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (39)

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

    Dec 23, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Saunters along as if all concerned had decided that imagination and flair were either unnecessary or impossible.

    May 13, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • A romcom that can't be called "formulaic" without insulting formulas everywhere.

    May 7, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • To be forgotten forever.

    May 6, 2010 | Rating: 1/5
  • If this is a comeback, let's hope J-Lo's got something else up her sleeve.

    May 6, 2010 | Rating: 1/5

    Cath Clarke

    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?

    Apr 28, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Back-up Plan

  • May 25, 2014
    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
  • Apr 02, 2012
    American Idol: Jennifer Lopez' backup plan after the studios realize she no longer has any box office draw.
    Brett W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 17, 2011
    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 N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2011
    It was better than I thought, still Jennifer Lopez was really fun to watch in this movie, some jokes arent so memorable, and also the baby scene of that crazy women was kinda horrofying, still I kinda laughed. The Back-Up Plan needed to settle down a bit, but Jennifer Lopez saved this movie.
    Angel G Super Reviewer

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