If ever there was a movie that WASN'T made for me, it's The Back-Up Plan. They certainly didn't make it easy on themselves: A) I don't like the premise of the film, and B) J-Lo hasn't made a good movie since 1998. But even in this, the filmmakers could have at least tried to win me over. Instead, they followed the standard rom-com template, filled it with completely unappealing characters, and made another lame made-for-TV movie elevated to the big screen only because of the lead actress.
Lopez plays Zoe, a woman who has given up on finding the father of her future children. She decides to get artificially inseminated, and, wouldn't you know it, meets the guy of her dreams on the way out of the clinic. Obviously, she can't hide that she's pregnant, so she has to tell him. In a turn that could only happen in the movies, he doesn't run in the opposite direction. The rest of the film involves Zoe and her man finding fake reasons to almost break up then get back together. After all, it's a romantic comedy.
It's hard for me to watch J-Lo seriously. Like Madonna, she's become a brand, someone who has gone beyond fame. Watching her pretend to be someone else at this point in her career is impossible. I can't help but think, "Why do they keep calling J-Lo Zoe?" It also doesn't help that this is another in a long line of lame romantic comedies with fake characters who seem to live in a fantasy world. Every stereotype is here: the cynical friend, funny old people saying young, hip things, the wacky birthing group and the dog with its hind legs in a wheel cart (I wish I was making that last part up). J-Lo's got the money not to have to do this stuff. Let's hope she finally realizes that herself.