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The Back-Up Plan (2010)

Comedy movie directed by Alan Poul

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The Back-Up Plan

  • Jan 22, 2011
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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.

Jennifer Lopez plays Zoe, a typical dumbass romantic-comedy heroine who wants the three basic romantic comedy goals. Namely:
- land a man
- get married
- have a kid

She can't seem to accomplish the first two, so she decides to have artificial insemination and give up on landing a man and getting married. That very day, not hours after she "gets the job done", she meets Stan (played by that guy from the new Hawaii Five-O) and they hate eachother on sight. That very moment takes away all the surprise from the movie and you automatically know that they are going to get angry at each other, sit and stew, and make up just as an important sub-event in the movie is happening (in this, Zoe's grandmother's wedding). Couple all of this with pregnancy hormones and you get implausible "hilarity". As you can see, this movie is incredibly cliched and is accompanied with a pointless childbirth scene (not of Jennifer Lopez) which was easily the worst scene in the movie. But I suppose it has its passable moments, just not enough of them to be considered a good movie.

Aside from a few passable moments, the rest of the movie is absolutely terrible. The acting is terrible, the only good actor being Linda Lavin as Zoe's grandmother. Seriously, she was the only one of the actors in the movie that was good. The jokes are pretty stale, and the plot was just preposterous. Like I said, implausible so-called hilarity!

The people I saw this with (namely my evil sisters) loved it, but I hated it and I'm still thinking of a way to get back at them. This movie was so bland and it left such a hateful impact on me that I fear saying more will start me on a descent into madness, so I'll just finish this review. This is a terrible terrible movie that should not be viewed by human eyes again. Every DVD copy of this should be rounded up and burnt so they don't have to torture us anymore. All in all, just shit.

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review by . April 23, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
"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, …
Quick Tip by . February 27, 2010
Hollywood keeps spreading the fear of home birth, even though it is a comedy it is still propaganda
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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 ...
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Director: Alan Poul
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 23 April 2010 (USA)
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
Runtime: 106 minutes
Studio: Sony
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