I honestly don’t know where to begin. This movie had some promise in the storyline, but somehow the actors and the scriptwriters seem to have butchered it into this mess of a film. The movie isn’t actually very funny, or very romantic.
The Back-Up Plan is about Zoe (Jennifer Lopez), a New Yorker who gets artificially inseminated after years of failed relationships. Just after her meeting at the doctor’s office she meets a handsome and mysterious man named Stan (Alex O’Loughlin). Of course she does get pregnant, and of course she meets Stan again. He sells goat cheese and makes it at his own farm. They fall in love and decide to raise the baby together.
The storyline is very shaky and I think the only reason everyone stayed in the theater was that they wanted to finish their popcorn. To keep the film going the writers use two techniques: 1) Have the main characters break up and make up like three times. 2) Include unnecessary scenes such as ten minutes of feminists helping a woman give birth. The script itself is bad and the dialogue doesn’t seem natural.
The acting is slightly better, but only slightly. Jennifer Lopez is as attractive as always, and this is perhaps her best acting yet, but even her best still isn’t enough to make a good movie. Alex O’Loughlin (Whiteout) is relatively unknown, and I think I know why. The girls I saw this film with commented that he had a ‘hot body’, this is the sole reason he ever got an acting job in the first place. This man can not act. His emotions were flat and his dialogue was just boring throughout the entire film.
Alan Poul is a relatively new director, meaning that he hasn’t many movies yet. His style is fine, but he still deserves some of the blame for this movie’s failure to entertain. For example, the extended birth scene I talked about earlier. It’s not even Jennifer Lopez giving birth, and the whole scene is weird and pretty stupid. Overall, The Back-Up Plan is not a good movie and I would personally not recommend it, but hey, somebody out there might like it (if you liked this movie please write a comment below, as I want to see how many people actually enjoyed it).