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"Maid in Manhattan", "Miss Congeniality", "Look Who's Talking"
Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez hits the big screen with her rom-com comeback in "The Back-Up Plan" since we saw her last in 2006's "El Cantante" and "Bordertown". She's famed for her perfect figure, but in this movie, she's curvier and more voluptuous than ever playing Zoe the pregnant pet store owner.
It's light-hearted and the plot is pretty predictable, starting with Zoe (J. Lo) going to a sperm clinic for artificial insemination, thinking she'll never find her Mr. Right. However, after the appointment, she meets someone new - Stan (Alex O'Loughlin) whom she eventually falls for. So the turmoil starts from here. Will the pregnancy tear them apart? Typical chick flick cliche will lead you to figure out what happens next soon enough.
J. Lo's performance is good. She manages to pull out big emotions and various funny expressions in the movie, particularly a dramatic scene involving childbirth. Imagine our fabulous Jenny From The Block stuffing her face with food, burping, and peeing onscreen, - yes, you get to see it all in here! Her performance is easy to like, save for the times she looks too goofy with the comic acts.
Alex O'Loughlin ("The Invisible" 2007, "Whiteout" 2009) as Stan is simply too good to be true! Charming, charismatic, funny, romantic, physically strong - isn't this a fairy tale of a man? It could be that this role is intentionally unbelievable to make the story work better but hey, at the end of the day, it's a chick flick so what more can I say!
The character to go to for funny is definitely the bug-eyed dog, Nutsy, appearing here as Zoe's handicapped pet with hind legs supported by a wheelie-cart. It totally steals the limelight of every scene it's in, outshining even the human actors and making you fall in love with this loveable puppy. You can read that it actually took three completely healthy Boston Terriers to play Nutsy's disabled dog character.
Most of the humour in the movie is overworked and exaggerated. However if you still haven't outgrown these types of jokes, you'll enjoy the film. "The Back-Up Plan" has decent entertainment value, with a steady flow of loud-out-loud moments for those who are open to them.Cinema Online, 10 May 2010