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The back-up plan - Jennifer Lopez, Alex O'Loughlin, Eric Christian Olsen, Alan Poul

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After years of dating, Zoe (Jennifer Lopez) has decided waiting for the right one is taking too long. Determined to become a mother, she commits to a plan, makes an appointment and decides to go it alone. On the day of her artificial insemination, Zoe meets Stan (Alex O'Loughlin) - a man with real possibilities.

Trying to nurture a budding relationship and hide the early signs of pregnancy becomes a comedy of errors for Zoe and creates confusing signals for Stan. When Zoe nervously reveals the reason for her unpredictable behaviour, Stan commits fully and says he's in. Never before has love seen a courtship where a wild night of sex involves three in a bed - Stan, Zoe and the ever-present massive pregnancy pillow. Or, where "date night" consists of being the "focal point" at a near-stranger's water birth which does for kiddie pools what Jaws did for swimming in the ocean. The real pregnancy test comes when both of them realize they really don't know each other outside of hormonal chaos and birth preparations. With the nine month clock ticking, both begin to experience cold feet. Anyone can fall in love, get married and have a baby but doing it backwards in hyper-drive could be proof positive that they were made for each other.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film romantic comedy single parent assisted pregnancy dating romance love

Persons of interest

  • Jennifer Lopez .... Zoe
  • Eric Christian Olsen .... Clive
  • Danneel Harris .... Olivia
  • Alex O'Loughlin .... Stan
  • Noureen DeWulf .... Daphne
  • Anthony Anderson .... Dad
  • Melissa McCarthy .... Carol
  • Tom Bosley .... Arthur
  • Carlease Burke .... Tabitha
  • Linda Lavin .... Nana
  • Michaela Watkins .... Mona
  • Adam Rose .... Louie
  • Maribeth Monroe .... Lori
  • Peggy Miley .... Shirley
  • Manos Gavras .... Mario
  • Amy Block .... Sara
  • Marlowe Peyton .... Lucy
  • Payton Lucas .... Skylar
  • Jihane Tamri .... Nanny
  • Carter Sand .... Cole
  • Kate Angelo .... Screenwriter
  • Alan Poul .... Director

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Theatrical report

I am not sure this film will stand the test of being a cult classic chick flick, but it is definitely a chick flick in all aspects of the phrase! I thought it was ok but nothing special.

I was hesitant to see J-Lo back in action, but she played her role well, consistent with her usual ditsy- type lovable roles. if you are a J-Lo fan or fancy some eye candy or a no-thinker then I recommend this film but I would suggest waiting until it is out on disc, it is not worthy of a cinema visit. However if you have a 13-year-old niece or cousin she would no doubt love it come a birthday or Christmas.

The back-up plan is relatively cringeworthy and certainly predictable. The story line is somewhat unconventional: a single woman opting for artificial insemination after dating for years and failing to find the right guy, of course as soon as she decides to be a single mother and falls pregnant the perfect man comes along - she's in for the bumpy hormonal ride and typical relationship dramas testing his loyalty and her ability to trust another man in an adventure that sees them doing everything backwards.

The underlying motive is sweet and relevant to current society and female issues surrounding independence and fertility, but its execution was fairly bland and marketed to a younger audience or those older adults who just love a tacky love story. Nonetheless, it has some amusing scenes and is cute overall with a feel-good ending. It was not my cup of tea.

The romantic comedy movie The back-up plan is directed by Alan Poul and stars Jennifer Lopez, Alex O'Loughlin, Eric Christian Olsen.

Government security censorship classification

M (Mature themes, sexual references and infrequent coarse language)

Surveillance time

104 minutes (1:44 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 20 May 2010

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