A single woman (Jennifer Lopez) meets the man (Alex O'Loughlin) of her dreams on the same day she becomes pregnant through artificial insemination.
" To prep for The Back-up Plan, shed all notions of how grown-ups behave in the real world. "
" Lopez works visibly hard to keep things light, while O'Loughlin's flat performance suggests that he's either deeply uncomfortable or just struggling to hide his Australian accent. "
" This sitcom style exercise in planned parenthood is blandly predictable. If it were a cheese, it would be Velveeta. "
" No matter how many times director Alan Poul tries lighting the fire, nothing ignites. "
" The Back-Up Plan's blunt honesty about the messiness of pregnancy is refreshing. It's a shame that the movie couldn't find a similarly refreshing way to tell its uninspired love story. "
" Someone involved in the making of The Back-Up Plan, a not very good and yet painless waste of time, has certainly thought through some life and love questions. "
" Why call it a movie when it's really more of an extended, cutesy TV episode that ought to come with a laugh track and a vibrator? "
" 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. "
" The Back-up Plan feels like a movie aimed right at the funny bones of four-year-olds. "
" Why even bother? "
" A romantic comedy about single motherhood -- or mom-rom-com -- that manages to be both bland and offensive. "
" The premise was novel enough that I found it sweet and charming. "
" It's no big surprise that Lopez can still get laughs; she has a relaxed way with the camera that has mellowed and ripened over the years. "
" If this is a comeback, let's hope J-Lo's got something else up her sleeve. "
" 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. "
" It shows us Jenny from the Block is still flawlessly beautiful, while proving the theory that Hollywood is working on its last and only idea in the romantic-comedy genre. "
" Lopez does a fine job mortifying herself in pursuit of physical humor. "
" Stan and Zoe's fateful meeting is supposed to be screwball-awkward but instead comes off as skin-crawlingly uncomfortable, and despite the entirely conventional demands of the plot, the duo never seem remotely at ease with each other. "
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