Jennifer Lopez had been off screen and literally off scene for a while after marrying Marc Anthony, giving birth to twins, and fully giving herself into motherhood for her children’s first years of life. The Back-Up Plan marks Lopez’s return to the big screen after 2007’s El Cantante.

Lopez plays Zoe, a frustrated woman, who feels her train is leaving so she decides to get an artificial insemination to conceive the child she has always wanted. She feels this is the only way for her to fulfill her life, as no one has stepped on her way. The day she gets inseminated, she acquaints Stan (Alex O’Loughlin) when taking a cab. Both fall in love, until Zoe reveals to Stan she has been inseminated and is with child. Stan accepts the challenge of being thrown into parenthood as their relationship is forced to solidify (being faced with this circumstance).

The film is simply hilarious. Lopez’s acting seems contrived but she was never an actual actress so to say; her personality makes up for the lacking delivery in the film. Besides, the film does not require an Oscar winning performance when anyone could have done the part; Lopez gives it her personal shine, turning the character slightly relatable (emotionally speaking) and utmost preposterously fun to watch.

One is introduced into the character’s mind and is able to explore its insecurities and fears, as well as its ignorance of pregnancy. O’Loughlin and Lopez click on screen and do seem to genuinely share the fear and anxiety of becoming parents; it is more blatant in O’Loughlin’s character.

The film almost feels as if Lopez is parodying her own experience with pregnancy and motherhood. The only flaw in the film aside Lopez’s attempt to revive her career is the plot structure; it is very predictable. It is a very calculated move to shove Lopez back into stardom, as she was in 2001 with the release of both Maid In Manhattan and her then sophomore record J.Lo.

Aside Lopez’s promotional purpose to boost her dusted career, the film is very entertaining when it is not related to her music career, even though Lopez alludes to her then purported first single ‘Louboutins’, by wearing Louboutin shoes throughout the whole film.

Under the direction of Alan Poul, an insipid script and briskly hilarious sequences concerning eventualities of the pregnant stages, the film at least manages to keep the watcher drawn into the screen, waiting for the next goof to happen to snigger at.

★★★★

C.Perez

Watch the trailer for The Back-Up Plan below!