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The Back-Up Plan

Comedy . Romance

When Zoe tires of looking for Mr. Right, she decides to have a baby on her own. But on the day she's artificially inseminated, she meets Stan, who seems to be just who she's been searching for all her life. Now, Zoe has to figure out how to make her two life's dreams fit with each other.

Actors: Jennifer Lopez , Linda Lavin , Maribeth Monroe , Michaela Watkins , Tom Bosley , Melissa McCarthy , Jennifer Elise Cox , Noureen DeWulf , Anthony Anderson , Eric Christian Olsen , Danneel Ackles , Alex O'Loughlin
Directors: Alan Poul
Country: USA
Release: 2010-04-23
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  • Amy Biancolli

    I laughed hysterically, but in the interest of balanced reporting, I should add that the guy parked next to me at the screening - a boyfriend who was there under duress - emitted a series of low guttural noises suggesting profound psychological anguish.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    As a romantic comedy, The Back-up Plan is friendly but also a bit drab.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Even stock characters -- Zoe's tirelessly supportive friends and relatives -- get style points for giving jobs to old pros Klein, Linda Lavin (Alice) and "Mr. C" himself, Tom Bosley. Of course, the babies are adorable.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Dan Kois

    A not-as-bad-as-you-think-it-is romantic comedy.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Jennifer Lopez carries this thin concept about as far and as well as she can, with Alex O'Loughlin in his first leading-man outing managing not to get lost in the shuffle.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Lopez, appearing in her first rom-com since “Monster-in-Law” five years ago, is still a likable screen presence who throws herself into the movie’s slapstick sequences with unwarranted enthusiasm.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Cutesy and formulaic and has the approximate depth of a cookie sheet.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    When it comes to comedies about pregnancy, "Knocked Up" and "Baby Mama" delivered more. This sitcom style exercise in planned parenthood is blandly predictable. If it were a cheese, it would be Velveeta.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Lopez smiles, whines, and blinks her way through this movie. She seems more relaxed than she ever has. And yet it seems like she’s hiding in romantic comedies, lest we discover that she doesn’t have a “Monster’s Ball’’ or even a “Blind Side’’ in her.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    This is the film to watch when pretty much everything else has been sold out and the only remaining choices are The Back-Up Plan and the latest Rob Schneider opus.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    O’Loughlin is the very definition of comic dead weight. Imagine making Greg Kinnear carry half of "Baby Mama," or sending Tina Fey out with Matthew Fox on "Date Night" and you’ll get the picture.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Even at its worst moments, it's better than "awful." But at its best, it's never comes close to "incredible."

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    Although it’s formulaic in the extreme, The Back-up Plan is an easygoing romantic comedy treat for fans of Jennifer Lopez.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Suffers from sludgy pacing, flat writing and acting, and a strange and puzzling fondness for scatology and coarse language.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    A not very good and yet painless waste of time.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    This tepid romantic comedy falls somewhere between a weak sitcom pilot and a second-tier Hallmark movie.

    Variety Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    A film divided against itself. It’s really two movies, one silly and one serious. Too bad neither is particularly compelling.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Anna Smith

    Sporadically amusing but rarely inspired.

    Empire Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It's not as if every funny movie has to offer something in the way of social commentary or greater insight. Sometimes funny is just funny. Sometimes, as is too often the case here, it's not.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    A dispiriting and thoroughly ineffective romantic comedy, with some juicy morsels provided around the edges by a great supporting cast but no heat whatever in the central coupling between Lopez and Aussie TV hunk Alex O'Loughlin. Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Good slapstick is actually an art -- unfortunately not one practiced here -- and bad slapstick is just tedious.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    I wouldn't go so far as to recommend this movie, but if you were tied down and forced to watch it, you wouldn't necessarily have to chew off your own leg to get away.

    Slate Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    A weak romantic comedy.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Kevin C. Johnson

    With movies like this, Lopez might want to start leaving low-end romantic comedies alone and look at her movie career's backup plan.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Some movies are no better than second-rate sitcoms. Other movies are no better than third-rate sitcoms. The Back-up Plan doesn't deserve comparison with sitcoms. It plays like an unendurable TV commercial about beautiful people with great lifestyles and not a thought in their empty little heads.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    The Back-up Plan is about as much fun as 36 hours of labor, only you don't get to go home with a baby at the end. Instead, you leave with a throbbing headache and a lot of questions about why anybody still thinks Jennifer Lopez can anchor a movie.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Mostly though, The Back-up Plan feels like a movie aimed right at the funny bones of four-year-olds.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Charmless and derivative.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    The only aspects marking The Back-Up Plan as modern (not fresh) are its skanky wallowings in hormonal urges and an equally sour penchant for potshots at the target audience: women who want to be mothers.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    My pregnancy lasted 41 weeks and five days, involved morning, afternoon and night sickness and culminated in 25 hours of labor capped off by an emergency C-section. Yet all that seems like a walk in the park compared with the 100 minutes I spent watching Jennifer Lopez mug her way through The Back-Up Plan.

    Time Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Part unfunny sitcom, part post-"Gigli" career resurrection strategy, and all bad.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    As romantic comedies go, this is the worst drivel I've seen since Nia Vardalos's "I Hate Valentine's Day."

    Chicago Reader Full Review
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