The Back-up Plan


The Back-up Plan

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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

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

    Dec 23, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A romcom that can't be called "formulaic" without insulting formulas everywhere.

    May 7, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • The premise was novel enough that I found it sweet and charming.

    Apr 26, 2010
  • Lopez does a fine job mortifying herself in pursuit of physical humor.

    Apr 23, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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
Christian C

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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
Alexis Nomm

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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
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.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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