Sometimes, a comical premise isn’t enough to save a movie that doesn’t know when to stop. The Back-Up Plan is kind of an odd mix of this, but it did sound funny enough for my mom and I to be interested. Plus the opening credit concept is really cute.
The Back-Up Plan (2010) Film Review
All the good guys are either, married, previously attached or just not interested. This Zoe (Jennifer Lopez) notices. Already a woman with difficulty letting anyone get too close, she feels like if she doesn’t act quickly, her dreams of being a mother may slip away. So instead of the marriage bit coming first, she decides to take matters into her own hands. First she approaches best friend Clive (Eric Christian Olsen) to be a donor for her, when he refuses, she uses an anonymous donor to fulfill her dream. She then meets the irresistibly perfect gentleman Stan (Alex O’ Loughlin). After multiple chance meetings and Stan’s persistence, Zoe begins to second guess her pregnancy, only the procedure did take. This forces Zoe to tell Stan the truth, even as she realizes she’ll never see him again.Jennifer Lopez and 'Hawaii Five-O' star Alex O'Loughlin co-star in this 2010 #romcom. ‘The Back-Up Plan’: A Funny and Heartfelt Romance. #MovieArchives #Movies #Comedy #PopularMovies Click To Tweet
Feeling confused about being a dad before a relationship has a chance, Stan decides to give it a go because while with Zoe, he feels like they’re right. So he returns with a stack of pregnancy how-to books and a carton of ice cream. Life quickly becomes a maze of doctor visits and shopping for the elusive perfect stroller, but the longer they are together, the more they quarrel… and the deeper they fall.
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For those of us who like entertainment to be just that, this film may be a turn off. There’s a decent amount of vulger content. That said, there IS a heartwarming story here. This does have its cute moments, but the comedy comes at the expense of a less than good view of marriage. Additionally, some of us might not appreciate the films take on motherhood either. One woman claims to “hate” her children; a father claims parenthood is awful, and nearly everyone discourages Stan and Zoe from having children. It’s funny, but also a little bit sad.
Really, I don’t dislike the movie. In fact, the more I’ve re-watched it, the more I appreciate its heartwarming nature and there is a genuine affection between our leading couple. The acting is decent and it’s fun to see the late Tom Bosley in something, Also fun is seeing Alex O’Loughlin in a rom-com (from Hawaii Five-O). Lopez is charming as ever and she plays off Alex well. This ‘plan’ might not be something I’ll readily recommend to everyone, but it is pretty cute (but The Proposal, this isn’t). It’s also enjoy to watch on ClearPlay if that’s more your thing.
The Back-Up Plan is fun at the heart of its story, and it has an extremely high rating on Amazon, too! There’s lots of cute rom-com trope moments and of course, its leading stars make everything seem genuine.
Content: an uncomfortable birthing scene is on-screen, which puts Zoe on edge during her pregnancy. [Zoe falls into the water and the camera isn’t shy about showing several scenes while the mother gives birth, including a reflective shot of the baby emerging]. Dozens of references to male/female anatomy are discussed during doctor visits, and everyone is pretty frank about the birthing process; there’s various sexual jokes. Stan and Zoe share a bed – including sleeping together after only two dates. There is an f-word, several uses of sh*t, a**, da*n, and even taking the Lord’s name in vain, in various forms. The film is PG-13.