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The Back-up Plan [2010]


When a single woman in her late 30s (Jennifer Lopez) goes through artificial insemination to become pregnant, her husband-less world actually seems complete. That is, until she meets the man of her dreams (Alex O'Loughlin) on that very same day. Also with Michaela Watkins, Eric Christian Olsen and Anthony Anderson. Directed by Alan Poul. [1:48 - PG-13]


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"I laughed hysterically... Alan Poul's feature directorial debut is an often riotous send-up of impending parenthood and its myriad transformations, putting truisms into modern dilemmas."

- Amy Biancolli

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"Part unfunny sitcom, part post-Gigli career resurrection strategy, and all bad, The Back-up Plan is the kind of cookie-cutter, strictly for Lifetime romantic comedy that gives the entire storied romcom genre... a bad name."

- Marc Savlov



Amy Biancolli | San Francisco Chronicle
Steve Persall | St. Petersburg Times
Owen Gleiberman | EW
Dan Kois | Washington Post
Kirk Honeycutt | Hollywood Reporter
Brian Lowry | Variety
Roger Moore | Orlando Sentinel
James Berardinelli | ReelViews
Shawn Levy | Portland Oregonian
Pete Hammond | Boxoffice Magazine
Claudia Puig | USA Today
Carrie Rickey | Philadelphia Inquirer
Wesley Morris | Boston Globe
Nathan Rabin | Onion AV Club
Lou Lumenick | New York Post
Mike Scott | New Orleans Times-Picayune
Manohla Dargis | New York Times
Dana Stevens | Slate
Andrew O'Hehir | Salon.com
Betsy Sharkey | Los Angeles Times
Bill Goodykoontz | Arizona Republic
Kevin C. Johnson | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Michael Phillips | Chicago Tribune
Connie Ogle | Miami Herald
Liam Lacey | Globe & Mail
Roger Ebert | Chicago Sun-Times
Elizabeth Weitzman | New York Daily News
David Medsker | Bullz-Eye.com
Adam Charles | FilmSchoolRejects.com
Marc Savlov | Austin Chronicle

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