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After years of dating, Zoe has decided waiting for the right one is taking too long. Determined to become a mother, she commits to a plan, makes a doctor's appointment and decides to go it alone. That same day, Zoe meets Stan - 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.
Comedy - This is a pregnancy-centered romantic comedy aimed at female
moviegoers. Fans of stars Jennifer Lopez and Alex O'Loughlin will be
very pleased. Suggestive humor makes the film inappropriate for young
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average The Back-Up Plan is soft and squishy - the kind of thing that would be comfortably at home on post-Prime Time cable or as a seat-back choice on a transcontinental flight. It's dramatically vanilla, suffers from sit-com humor tendencies, lacks a compelling romance, and struggles to find a convincing performance.
Roger EbertFull Review Poor This movie is desperately boring. No one says much of anything interesting. They have extremely limited ranges of interest. There are older characters: Zoe's nana (Linda Lavin) and grandpa (Tom Bosley) and gynecologist (Robert Klein). They seem human, so the camera cuts away, lest they get started on something.
USA TodayFull Review Average But when it comes to comedies about pregnancy, Knocked Up and Baby Mama delivered more. This sitcom style exercise in planned parenthood is blandly predictable. If it were a cheese, it would be Velveeta.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 124 moviegoers:
TEENS:The ladies LOVED "The Back-Up Plan." They rated it extremely high. The three males also enjoyed it very much.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Most of the female reviews came in very high, but a small percentage were somewhat disappointed. Highly recommended for the ladies. The three male reviews came in very low, which probably isn't very accurate since the younger males and the older males enjoyed this movie.
ADULTS:Virtually all the ladies LOVED "The Back-Up Plan." And the small percentage that didn't love it still rated it "Good/Average," which isn't bad. For this type of movie (romantic comedy), these are great reviews from the guys. Two-thirds enjoyed this movie very much and most of the remaining third rated it "Good/Average."
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 a doctor's appointment
and decides to go it alone. That same day, Zoe meets Stan (Alex O'Loughlin) - a man with real
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 behavior, Stan considers his unusual future but eventually 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. 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.