Oh how the mighty have fallen. Before you fly off the hook and curse me out for either saying Jennifer Lopez was ever "mighty" or that she's "fallen", consider this- one of her earliest film performances was a lead role in the fantastic Steven Soderbergh thriller Out of Sight. Yeah.
So why has J. Lo been seemingly confined to either disappointing romantic comedies or disappointing thrillers? Maybe we should talk to P. Diddy... everything was going fine before he ruined her.
Either way, if you somehow get roped into seeing The Back-Up Plan this weekend, do yourself a favor and take note of where the exits are.I'm just going to get this out of the way: here is a comedy that isn't funny, isn't entertaining, and while it may be a date movie, isn't even a movie you can feel comfortable ignoring so as to get frisky. All the guys out there know what I mean.
Basically, Jenny from the block plays a woman so frustrated with men and so eager to have a baby that she decides to take a trip to the fertility clinic and comes out artificially inseminated, only to continually bump into her prince charming, played by Alex O'Loughlin. Just as she falls for him, it's confirmed that she's pregnant. Oh, the irony!
What could have been a fresh twist on an old genre just turns out to be a mess, with a clunky script, lame acting and a heavy reliance on needless slapstick setpieces. It's the same old formula at its worst. Aside from the whole pregnancy thing, the only fresh element brought to the table is that Stan (O'Loughlin) makes and sells his own goat cheese. In theory, that's funny as hell. In practice, not so much.
So, basically J. Lo and A. O' break up and make up several times due to the pregnancy, and well, I don't want to spoil the ending for you, but you can probably guess how it all turns out. Oh yeah, and Anthony Anderson is in it.
Don't get me wrong, J. Lo is hot and all, but this movie can't get along on looks alone. I say this with authority: Kick-Ass makes for a better date movie than The Back-Up Plan.