The Back-Up Plan

The Back-Up Plan

Alan Poul (2010)

12 Certificate
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Tue 7 Apr, 6:55pm - 7:50pm Sony Movies
Tue 7 Apr, 7:55pm - 9pm Sony Movies
Thu 9 Apr, 4:35pm - 5:30pm Sony Movies
Thu 9 Apr, 5:35pm - 6:40pm Sony Movies


Our Score
This romantic comedy stars Jennifer Lopez as Zoe, a rather unlikely pet shop owner who uses a sperm donor to get pregnant, only to meet her perfect mate, Stan (Australian actor Alex O'Loughlin), immediately afterwards. The story, by Will & Grace writer Kate Angelo, lurches awkwardly from romance to break-up and back again in an attempt to create some tension, but the chemistry between Lopez and O'Loughlin is too stagey to be convincing. The outlandish events in this half-baked comedy would never happen in real life - on any planet - even though it boasts home-birth scenes worthy of a Farrelly Brothers' gross-out comedy. Saving the day is the stalwart supporting cast of Linda Lavin as Zoe's grandmother, Tom Bosley (Mr Cunningham from TV's Happy Days) as her grandfather and Robert Klein, who's confidently chipper as her gynaecologist. Lopez deserves better than this excruciating material. In fact, all actors do.


A thirtysomething single woman fears she may never have children and decides to undergo artificial insemination. However, shortly after leaving the clinic, she meets the man of her dreams but must decide how to break the news she may shortly be pregnant. Romantic comedy, starring Jennifer Lopez, Alex O'Loughlin, Michaela Watkins, Eric Christian Olsen and Anthony Anderson.

Cast & Crew

Zoe Jennifer Lopez
Stan Alex O'Loughlin
Mona Michaela Watkins
Clive Eric Christian Olsen
Playground Dad Anthony Anderson
Daphne Noureen DeWulf
Carol Melissa McCarthy
Arthur Tom Bosley
Director Alan Poul
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 7 May 2010
Comedy Drama