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At Theaters: 4/23/2010 On Video: 8/24/2010
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 45 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 549999
Studio: C B S Films
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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.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
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 children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jennifer Lopez EL CANTANTE, AN UNFINISHED LIFE, MONSTER-IN-LAW
Alex O'Loughlin WHITEOUT
Eric Christian Olsen FIRED UP, LICENSE TO WED, DUMB AND DUMBERER
Anthony Anderson TRANSFORMERS, HOODWINKED, HUSTLE AND FLOW
Director: Alan Poul Feature Directing Debut
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
Alan Poul: A Director With A Plan
New York And A Back-Up
Hudson Mutts And The Production Goes Nuts
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 F-word, 18 S-words, 1 GD, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: A comic scene of clothed sensuality.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol drinking.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Banter, wisecracks, toilet humor, cute kid and animal humor, suggestive gags.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full 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 Ebert Full 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 Today Full 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.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 124 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
3
Fairly High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
15
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
3
Very Low
0%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
12
High
83%
30+Adults (M)
26
High
92%
30+Adults (F)
65
Very High
98%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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."


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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 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 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.

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