Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Back-up Plan (2010) [PG-13] ***-

Zoe (Jennifer Lopez) owns a pet store, and seems to treat the men in her life with less respect and affection than she gives the puppies and kittens in her store. After years of waiting for the right one to come along, Zoe has decided that she wants to have a baby through artificial insemination. Ironically, though, on the same day she's inseminated, she wanders through her local NYC farmers market and meets Stan (Alex O'Loughlin), who sells goat cheese he makes on his upstate goat farm. As Stan and Zoe get to know one another better, he seems perfect. But, how does Zoe break the news to Stan that she's pregnant?

The Back-up Plan was written by Kate Angelo and directed by Alan Poul, both of whom have spent their careers writing and directing for mediocre, short-lived TV comedy series. This is the first big-screen effort for both and it shows. The film's concept is thin, with a script better suited to a half-hour TV comedy episode than a full-length feature. Direction is sloppy, with absolutely no romantic tension between Lopez and O'Loughlin, and a resolution that is unconvincing and embarrassing. Like so many Jennifer Lopez films, this one is simply another star vehicle (the cinematic equivalent of vanity book self-publishing) for Lopez to look pretty and impress us with the size of her derriere - as in The Wedding Planner and Maid in Manhattan. Unless you are a forgiving fan of Jennifer Lopez I would stay far, far away from this film. 

Labels: comedy, romance   
Internet Movie Database    
Metacritic 34/100 
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=36, viewers=62) 

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