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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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Just as in sitcoms, every conflict and resolution often takes place here within the very same scene.
A romcom that can't be called "formulaic" without insulting formulas everywhere.
If this is a comeback, let's hope J-Lo's got something else up her sleeve.
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?
The premise was novel enough that I found it sweet and charming.
Lopez does a fine job mortifying herself in pursuit of physical humor.
But by the time 104 minutes of off-putting pregnancy dramas are up, you may wonder if the film's goal isn't so much about entertainment as population control.
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
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.
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.
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.
Nothing to see for anyone who's already viewed their fair share of formulaic romantic comedies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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