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Jennifer Lopez and Aussie heartthrob Alex O'Loughlin are pitch-perfect foils in the romantic comedyThe Back-up Plan--a film that's as light as the foam on a root-beer float, but which manages to be both romanticandvery funny. Lopez, after a long absence from the big screen, is a pleasure to watch--an accomplished (and underrated) comedian who can spar and spark with the best of her peers, and better than most. Lopez's chemistry with the dreamy O'Loughlin will engage viewers completely. Lopez plays Zoe, a smart woman whose dating life has been dismal--and who finally decides to become a single mom so she can achieve at least the motherhood she's always desired. As fate would have it, she meets Mr. Perfect (or Mr. Close To It), O'Loughlin's Stan, on the very day she visits the fertility clinic and becomes pregnant with twins. The early stages of their courtship involve Zoe's increasingly desperate measures to conceal her growing belly. By the time she confesses her condition, Stan is smitten--but with hormones on both sides roiling, and reality about to set in as the birth approaches, both Zoe and Stan get cold feet. If the plot ofThe Back-up Planis a bit predictable, the flinty performances of both Lopez and O'Loughlin keep the viewer utterly engaged. Supporting actors Eric Christian Olsen, as Zoe's best guy pal, and the lovely and hilarious Michaela Watkins (The New Adventures of Old Christine) turn in terrific performances, too, and cameos by veterans including Albert Klein (as Zoe's hyperenthusiastic doctor), Tom Bosley, and Linda Lavin round out the excellent acting ensemble.The Back-up Planalso features an engaging soundtrack with a danceable tune by Lopez, "What Is Love?" and memorable songs by Colbie Caillat, India.Arie, and more.The Back-up Planshows that love may not always go according to plan--OK, it never does--but it's worth the ride, however the heart ultimately gets there. --A.T. Hurley
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CastJennifer Lopez, Eric Christian Olsen, Alex O'Loughlin, Noureen DeWulf, Michaela Watkins
DirectorAlan Poul
Genre:  Romance
Release Date:  23 April 2010 (USA)
DVD Release Date:  August 24, 2010
Runtime:  106 minutes
Studio:  Sony
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review by . January 22, 2011
I get strong-armed into seeing romantic comedies often by my aggressively girly older sister and my equally agressively girly younger sisters. Judging by my taste in film, you might see why I get along more with my brothers. Lately, I've been putting my foot down more and more, but I was forced into this one and boy did I hate it. They say that Jennifer Lopez gave it her all, but she didn't. I will make an example of this film and use this review to show how much I hate romantic comedies.   …
review by . April 23, 2010
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"The Back-Up Plan" is an unbelievably bad movie, an over-the-top and hopelessly strained effort that's about as artificial as the method employed to impregnate Jennifer Lopez's character. Like so many that have come before it, including the cheerless "Baby Mama," it takes a sincere and engaging idea, strips it of anything meaningful, and then jam-packs it with shrill comedy routines, some verbal, some slapstick, all of them completely unnecessary. This isn't to say that it couldn't be made funny, …
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