She may be the married mother of twins in real life, but in the new movie The Back-Up Plan, Jennifer Lopez plays a single gal who goes the anonymous sperm donor route to get pregnant. Well, wouldn’t you know, upon getting pregnant she immediately falls in love with someone who could have been a not-so-anonymous sperm donor? Hilarity ensues. Or at least it’s supposed to. Before deciding whether to put it on your movie must-see list, let’s take a look at what the critics have to say. And, which other mother of twins was originally offered the role?
FilmCritic.com: A likable but largely predictable comedy that still gets off a few quick and surprisingly accurate jabs at pregnancy, parenting, and dating in the modern age.
Miami Herald: The Back-up Plan is about as much fun as 36 hours of labor, only you don’t get to go home with a baby at the end. Instead, you leave with a throbbing headache and a lot of questions about why anybody still thinks Jennifer Lopez can anchor a movie. (OUCH!)
Chicago Sun-Times: [Jennifer Lopez] is talented and deserves more than this bird-brained plot about characters who have no relationship to life as it is lived by, you know, actual people. The movie deals with artificial insemination, romance, sex and organic goat cheese, which are promising areas for investigation, but it’s so watered-down, it approaches homeopathy.
Per the LA Times, the movie was originally to be called Plan B and offered to fellow actress and mother of twins Julia Roberts. The movie opens Friday — tells us what you think if you go to see it!